Parents Of Accused High School Shooter Being Sought By Fugitive Team

The authorities in Michigan apparently held a press conference announcing involuntary manslaughter charges for the parents of Ethan Crumbley BEFORE the couple were taken into custody. Police now say they can’t locate them.

Prosecutors charged the parents with involuntary manslaughter, saying they failed to act on troubling signs.

The gun used in the alleged murders – a semiautomatic 9-millimeter Sig Sauer handgun – was an early Christmas gift to Ethan from his parents. It was reportedly stored unlocked in his parents’ bedroom.

According to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard the 15-year-old could not legally own the gun or carry it to most places — with rare exceptions such as shooting ranges.

I guess this means young Ethan considered his high school a “shooting range….?”

Here’s just some of what investigators found about young Ethan including vivid drawings of guns and violence by the 15-year-old with the caption, “The thoughts won’t stop – help me.”

A teacher reportedly saw Ethan searching for ammunition on his cell phone during class the day before the shooting. It was reported it to school officials. Jennifer Crumbley was contacted by school authorities via voicemail. An email was also sent but no response was received from either parent.

Text messages between mother and son were found on Ethan’s phone. The mother reportedly wrote,  “LOL, I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.”

More from the Detroit News:

The Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team is searching Friday for the parents of an Oxford High teenager charged in Tuesday’s school shooting after the couple stopped responding to their attorney, according to authorities.

James and Jennifer Crumbley of Oxford were named in criminal warrants Friday, with each being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four Oxford High School students who were allegedly slain by their son.

“Their attorney had assured us that if a decision was made to charge them, she would produce them for arrest,” Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said Friday.  McCabe said Fugitive Apprehension Team officers still were out searching for the couple as of mid-afternoon Friday. 

Lawyers for the couple say the Crumbleys aren’t fugitives from the law, they merely left town for their own safety and are planning to return to turn themselves in.

But it’s been hours since the charges were announced and the parents are still nowhere to be found.