Law enforcement and prosecutors noted the many warning signs leading up to the Oxford High School massacre last week, including the fact that 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley was caught looking for ammunition on Google the day before the tragedy and was found with a photo depicting a violent act that said, “Thoughts won’t stop. Help me.”
But a former neighbor of James and Jennifer Crumbley, who like their son is in the Oakland County Jail, told the Detroit Free Press that the Crumbleys began displaying disturbing behavior years ago that the had urged to file a complaint with the child protection services.
“When they were gone, he would come knocking on our door,” Kayla LeMieux told the newspaper of Ethan when his parents left him home alone to go to bars for a drink in 2014 and 2015. “They didn’t leave him with a phone.”
LeMieux said the parents continued to leave their son home alone even after she filed a complaint and confronted them about it.
“It’s really when I finally started saying more, because I was just like, even after I called CPS they still did and even I would tell them something, they still just like ‘Oh , he’s fine, “” she said. the Detroit Free Press.
Child protection services did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.
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James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning and charged with four counts of manslaughter.
Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald detailed the charges on Friday, saying Jennifer Crumbley announced the purchase of a gun for her son in the days leading up to the school shooting and sent him a nonchalant message after being caught Google searching for ammo in class.
Instead of reacting to this as a worried, safety-concerned parent, Ms Crumbley texted, ‘LOL, I’m not mad. Next time don’t get caught, ”McDonald said.
James Crumbley bought the 9mm Sig Sauer just four days before the shooting and took it to a shooting range for a “mother-son party,” according to McDonald’s.
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Parents were called to school on Tuesday morning when a teacher found the photo disturbing, but refused to bring their son home and did not notify the school of the gun.
After the shooting started, Jennifer Crumbley texted her son, “Ethan, don’t do it,” McDonald said.
McDonald’s argued in court on Saturday that the Crumbleys were deliberately trying to evade law enforcement when they went missing on Friday, but their lawyers disputed the couple had isolated themselves for their safety.
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Bond has been set at $ 500,000 for each of the Crumbley parents, while their son is being held on $ 5 million bail.
Ethan Crumbley is accused of killing Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 15.