A search was launched Friday after the parents of Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley failed to show up on their own manslaughter indictment.
James and Jennifer Crumbley went missing after Oakland County Attorney, Michigan Karen McDonald announced Friday that they would each be charged with four counts of manslaughter for the four students their 15-year-old son allegedly shot on Tuesday. . The shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township also injured seven other people.
The teenager was charged Wednesday as an adult with murder, attempted murder and terrorism causing death.
McDonald said at a press conference that the teenager’s parents ignored serious warning signs regarding their son and failed to secure a gun to their home.
Hours before the shooting, a teacher discovered an extremely disturbing drawing of Ethan Crumbley showing a person who had been shot and a handgun, McDonald said. His parents were summoned to school and ordered to take their child for consultation. Instead, they sent him back to class, she added.
The Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team launched a search effort Friday after the charges against the Elderly Crumbleys were announced, and the couple’s attorney reportedly told the Oakland County Deputy Sheriff, Mike McCabe, that she had not been able to contact her clients.
“Our last conversation with the lawyer was that she tried to reach them by phone and text, and they weren’t responding,” McCabe told The Detroit News.
The Crumbleys’ arraignment was slated for Friday, but they were still missing at the end of the day, CNN reported.
In a hearing that began at noon before Judge Julie Nicholson, a lieutenant in the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said the couple were not in the custody of authorities, the Detroit Free Press reported.
A law enforcement official told CNN that parents withdrew $ 4,000 from an ATM in Rochester Hills, Mich. On Friday. Rochester is approximately 12 miles from Oxford.
McCabe referred in a statement to Ethan Crumbley’s “runaway parents” on Friday afternoon and said the FBI and the US Marshals Service were involved in their search. The sheriff’s office also issued a “Lookout Alert” with photos of the couple and their car.
Two lawyers who said they represented the Crumbleys had insisted their clients had left town for their safety and would return to be arraigned.
“On Thursday evening, we reached out to the Oakland County District Attorney to discuss this matter and to advise him that James and Jennifer Crumbley will be appearing for trial,” said a statement from attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman. “They are not running away from law enforcement despite recent media comments.”
But after the couple failed to show up, McCabe said that “the Crumbleys’ action of running away and ignoring their lawyer certainly adds weight to the charges.” They cannot shirk their role in this tragedy, ”he added.
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