The parents of a teenager accused of killing four students in a high school shooting in the US have been arrested.
James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested hours after a prosecutor brought involuntary manslaughter charges against them.
They ‘appeared to be hiding’ in a commercial building in the Detroit home artwork, and were ‘distressed’ and ‘very sad’ to be found.
Detroit police chief James E White told reporters the pair ‘were assisted into the building’ and that someone who helped them may also face charges.
A vehicle associated with the couple was identified by a Detroit business owner late Friday and they were found a short time later.
A prosecutor filed charges against the parents earlier the same day, accusing them of not interfering on the day of Tuesday’s Oxford High School shooting.
That’s after they are confronted with a drawing and a chilling message – ‘blood everywhere’ found on Ethan Crumbley’s school desk.
Authorities said the parents committed ‘serious’ acts, including buying a gun on Black Friday and providing it for their son.
Oakland County District Attorney Karen McDonald said they also objected to his expulsion when summoned hours before the shooting.
She added: ‘I wish parents and everyone to be human and come together to step in and prevent a potential tragedy.
‘The conclusion I draw is that there is absolute reason to believe that this individual is dangerous and disturbed.’
Authorities said yesterday afternoon that they were looking for the couple. Police Chief Mike Bouchard said their attorney Shannon Smith had agreed to make arrests if charges were filed but they could not be reached.
Ms Smith said the Crumbleys were not on the run but left town earlier in the week “for their own safety”. She added: ‘They are returning to the sorted area.’
Last night, the US Marshals announced a reward of up to $10,000 (£7,500) for each information leading to the couple’s arrest.
Mike McCabe said the Detroid business owner spotted the Crumbleys’ car and called 911. A woman seen nearby ran away when the resident called authorities.
Ethan Crumbley, 15, emerged from a restroom with a gun and shot students in the hallway, investigators said. He was charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other charges.
Under Michigan law, involuntary manslaughter charges against a parent can be prosecuted if authorities believe someone contributed to a situation that is more likely to result in harm or death.
Parents in the US are rarely charged with school shootings involving their children, although most minors take firearms from a parent’s or loved one’s home, experts say .
Ms. McDonald said school officials became concerned about the teen on Monday, the day before the shooting, when a teacher saw him searching for ammunition on his phone.
Jennifer Crumbley was contacted and later told her son in a text message: ‘Lol. I do not angry with you. You have to learn not to get caught,’ according to the prosecutor.
On Tuesday, a teacher found a note on the teen’s desk and took a photo. It was a drawing of a gun pointed at the words ‘Thoughts won’t stop. Help me,’ said Miss McDonald.
She said there was also a drawing of a bullet with the words on it: ‘Blood everywhere’.
Between the gun and the bullets was a man who appeared to have been shot twice and was bleeding.
According to the prosecutor, Crumbley also wrote ‘My life is useless’ and ‘The world is dead’.
The school promptly met with the teen and his parents, who were asked to invite him to counseling within 48 hours, Ms. McDonald said.
The Crumbleys did not ask their son about the gun or check his backpack, she added, and were ‘resistance to the idea of their son leaving school at the time’.
Instead, the teen returned to the classroom and the shooting ensued.
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The prosecutor said: ‘The notion that a parent can read those inscriptions and also know their son had access to a deadly weapon they gave him is unconscionable – that is a crime. offense’.
Jennifer Crumbley texted her son after the shooting, saying ‘Ethan, don’t do that,’ Ms McDonald said.
James Crumbley called 911 to say a gun was missing from their home and that his son might be the gunman.
According to McDonald, the weapon was stored in an unlocked drawer in her parents’ bedroom.
Ms McDonald said the teenager accompanied his father to a gun purchase on November 26 and posted pictures of the gun on social media, saying, “I just got a new look today”.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Jennifer Crumbley wrote on social media that it was ‘mother and son’s day trying out his new Christmas present’, the prosecutor added.
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