The U.S. police arrested the parents of a teenager who were charged with Murder of four high school classmates North of Detroit, Michigan.
After the Oakland County Attorney on Friday, the authorities began searching for James and Jennifer Crubley Charge each parent with four counts of unintentional homicide Related to the school shooting.
The prosecutor said that the Crubley family bought the gun as a Christmas gift for their son, and then ignored warning signs that might herald such a massacre.
Detroit police said in the early hours of Saturday morning that they had detained the couple.
Detroit police spokesman Rudy Harper (Rudy Harper) said that the police found two people in what “looks like a residential building.”
“We arrested them,” Harper said when asked if his parents surrendered, adding that they were trying to escape when they were caught.
Detroit Police Chief James White said the couple did not break into the building where they were arrested, but were allowed to enter by someone, adding that those who helped them may also face charges.
‘They can’t run’
The couple’s 15-year-old son, Ethan Crumbley, was detained on suspicion of committing the deadliest American school shooting in 2021 at Oxford High School about 60 kilometers (40 miles) to the north. He cannot be released on bail. . Detroit.
According to Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Mike McCabe, Crubley’s parents were supposed to appear in court on Friday afternoon, but they stopped answering calls from lawyers, prompting the sheriff’s fugitive arrest team to pursue the hunt.
After they failed to appear in court, the U.S. Marshals Service stated that it had taken over the case and was conducting a search with Oakland County officials.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement on Friday: “The act of escaping and ignoring their lawyers undoubtedly increased the weight of the charges.” “They cannot escape their role in this tragedy.”
Even so, the parents’ lawyers issued a statement on Friday saying that they intend to return to the country to be subpoenaed.
“They did not evade law enforcement,” said lawyers Shannon Smith and Mary Elleman.
‘This is a crime’
The prosecutor said that four days before the shooting, Ethan Crumbley accompanied his father to a gun shop where James Crumbley bought a 9mm pistol. .
Ethan Crumbley posted a photo of the gun on social media and wrote: “I just got my new beauty today.” Oakland County Attorney Karen McDonald said that the next day, he His mother posted that the two of them are “testing his new Christmas gift.”
MacDonald detailed several other warning signs she said her parents had failed to take action.
On November 21, a teacher found Ethan Crumbley looking for ammunition on his phone. His mother later texted him, “Haha, I am not angry with you. You must learn not to be caught.”
On the morning of the shooting, a teacher found a painting by Ethan Crumbley with a pistol, a bullet, and a bleeding man, with the words “blood everywhere” beside it. “My life is useless” and “Thoughts will not stop”-help me. “
MacDonald said that school officials called the Crumbleys and instructed them to have their son consulted within 48 hours. She said that his parents “rejected” the idea of taking him home from school, and neither searched his backpack nor asked him about the gun.
Authorities said that after the Crubley family left the meeting without a son, Ethan Crubley returned to the classroom and then walked out of the bathroom with a gun, killing four students and injuring seven others.
The prosecutor said: “The idea that parents can read these words and know that their son can use the lethal weapon they gave him is unreasonable-it is a crime.”
According to Michigan law, if the authorities believe that someone has contributed to a situation that is likely to cause injury or death, they can pursue allegations of involuntary manslaughter against the parents.
According to experts, parents in the United States are rarely charged for school shootings involving their children, even if most minors obtain guns from their parents or relatives.