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Oxford school shooting Ethan Crumbley’s mother cries as she and husband plead not guilty after arrest

The mother of Michigan high school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley cried as she and her husband pleaded not guilty under their arrangement, hours after they were arrested following a massive overnight manhunt.

Jennifer and James Crumbley were charged Saturday morning with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Tuesday’s mass shooting where their 15-year-old son allegedly shot and killed four students and injured seven others at Oxford High School.

Both have pleaded not guilty to all charges via video link from the Oakland County Jail – the same prison where their son has been held since his arrest on multiple murder charges.

Miss Crumbley sobbed and covered her face with her hands as she said she understood the allegations and stepped in to her plea.

Their arrangement came hours after the parents were discovered hiding in a warehouse and are believed to have tried to flee to Canada to escape crime, according to authorities.

The Crumbleys were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning at a Detroit commercial building, following an hour-long manhunt after they ignored the arrangement Friday afternoon.

Detroit Police Chief James White announced at an early morning news conference that the “distressed” couple had been detained unarmed and “without incident” after authorities received information about where their stay.

The Crumbleys appeared to continue their run on Friday allegedly withdrawing $4,000 in cash from an ATM and turning off their cell phones so they could not be located.

This comes after Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced her decision to charge the Crumbleys with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutor McDonald said at a news conference Friday that the parents’ failure to prevent Tuesday’s massacre was “criminal” and it was “my intention to hold them accountable.”

Bond was set $500,000 each for the Crumbleys after prosecutors argued their failure to show up for arrangements Friday proved they were a flight risk.

If they pay bond, they are ordered to turn over all weapons to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

The Crumbleys’ attorneys stated that they were “absolutely going to turn themselves in,” saying it was “just a matter of logistics.

Mariell Lehman told the court her clients “take this case completely seriously” and were “devastated” by this week’s massacre.

“There is no risk that they will evade prosecution. They never evade prosecution,” she said.

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