Since the tragic shooting at Oxford High, the parents of Ethan Crumbley have come under fire for their neglect of their son. Now they’ve shocked the world once more…
A neighbor had already shared some pretty shocking information about what Ethan had to go through growing up…
And people are blaming his upbringing for the devastating events that unfolded last week.
But their latest move really shows their priorities.
Crumbley’s parents have hired lawyers for themselves, while leaving him with no representation.
This new information comes after the school shooting on Tuesday November 30…
Killing sixteen-year-old, Tate Myre, fourteen-year-old, Hana St. Juliana, seventeen-year-old, Madisyn Baldwin, and seventeen-year-old Justin Shilling who died the following day from his injuries.
Fifteen-year-old Crumbley was taken into custody and arrested within minutes of police arriving at the school…
Although he didn’t resist arrest, he invoked his right to remain silent. Police later recovered a loaded handgun, reportedly belonging to the boy’s father.
Shortly after the descovery of the weapon, more news about the case surfaced.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard has said that the shooter used a 9 mm Sig Sauer gun, a weapon that was purchased just a week before by Crumbley’s father.
1 thing people on social media were disgusted with, was the alleged shooters access to the weapon.
Many pointed out that Ethan should never have been allowed near the gun, making the parents just as guilty as he is.
And the latest information to come out about his parents proves they had a lot more to do with it than meets the eye…
As we know, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald charged Crumbley with murder and terrorism.
And his parents were also charged following the tragedy.
“Owning a gun means securing it properly and locking it and keeping the ammunition separate,” said McDonald, in a press conference on Wednesday, December 1.
Last week, both Crumbley’s mother and father were charged with 4 counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley were filed on Friday, December 3 in 52nd District Court in Rochester Hills.
CNN senior legal analyst, Elie Honig, called the move “unprecedented.”
“What the prosecutor is saying is, let’s look at the parents’ responsibility. This is really a new frontier,” Honig said.
A fugitive task force then began searching for the pair.
Just hours after the charges were announced, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said that authorities were searching for Crumbley’s parents and that a “fugitive apprehension team” were looking for them…
However, after a relatively short but frantic search, the couple were found hiding in the basement of a Detroit building in the early hours of Saturday morning after receiving a tip-off from a member of the public who’d spotted the vehicle parked outside…
They were arrested at 1:45 am local time. It was then confirmed that the couple had pleaded not guilty.
Footage of the pair in court showed them laughing and weeping.
According to the Daily Beast, Jennifer cried as she said she understood the charges against her, whereas James smiled, laughed, shook his head. He also raised his eyebrows at various points.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald said:
“These are not people that we can be assured are going to return to court on their own.”
It was at this moment that James laughed.
Since then, more information has come out about the moments that lead up to Crumbley opening fire…
On the day of the shooting, a teacher “observed concerning drawings and written statements” on Crumbley’s desk, as per CNN.
“These doodlings depicted a gun, a bullet, a shooting victim, and a laughing emoji.”
Ethan Crumbley was sent back to class after a meeting with teachers and his parents despite the concern shown about these drawings.
After being dismissed from the counselor’s office, the teenager open-fired.
As soon as the news broke, people questioned why he was allowed back into class after the meeting.
Superintendent Tim Thorne later explained the reason why…
“The student was immediately removed from the classroom and brought to the guidance counselor’s office, where he claimed the drawing was part of a video game he was designing and informed counselors that he planned to pursue video game design as a career,” the teacher began.
“At no time did counselors believe the student might harm others based on his behavior, responses, and demeanor, which appeared calm.”
A neigbor of Ethan Crumbley has previously spoken out about how he was often neglected by his parents…
What she had to say is shocking…
The neighbor, Kayla LeMieux, told Free Press that way before the shooting took place, she had voiced her concerns about Ethan to child protection services.
Stating that he was often left on his own in the house as a young boy while his parents frequently went out.
She said that as far back as 2014, when Ethan would have been around 8-years-old, the couple would leave him alone to go to bars in downtown Lake Orion.
LeMieux said that it happened so often that one time she decided to take it up with local protection services.
“When they were gone, he would come knock on our door,” she said. “They didn’t leave him with a phone.”
According to LeMieux, Ethan would often ask to use her phone to call his parents. And despite bringing up her concerns with his mom, Jennifer, who she once considered a friend, she would simply respond by saying: “Oh he is fine.”
LeMieux shared that she never found out whether child protection investigated her claims…
Spokesman, Bob Wheaton of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, wrote: “CPS complaints are confidential by law.” So as it stands, we won’t know whether his case was looked into.
One thing’s for sure is that Ethan’s parents clearly failed him, and by the looks of it, so did the system.
And now another shocking revelation has people further condemning the Crumbley parents.
They have already hired expensive lawyers Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman to represent themselves.
However, they have opted out of the same luxury for their son.
Leaving Ethan to be represented by court official appointed defence attorney Paulette Michel Loftin.