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Prosecutors say parents of Michigan shooting suspect intentionally disregarded signs their son was a threat

The filing was obtained by CNN affiliate WDIV. CNN is attempting to obtain the filing as well.

Ethan Crumble, 15, was charged as an adult in the November 30 shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan that killed four students. Seven others were also injured in the firing, including six students and a teacher.
Crumbley faces one count of terrorism, causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possessing a firearm while committing a felony. . In charge, the judge entered a plea of ​​not guilty as requested by Crumbley’s lawyer.

James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested on four counts of involuntary manslaughter and pleaded not guilty.

“The defendants were in a better position than anyone else in the world to prevent this tragedy, but they failed to do so,” the filing said.

CNN has contacted the couple’s lawyers for comment.

Prosecutors filed the motion in response to the Crumblies’ request for an amended bond and detailed how the couple are more than $11,000 behind on their house payments, have sold their horses and have “already shown that if they have They will run away if given the opportunity” and detailed that the parents had four cell phones at the time of the arrest and “attempted to destroy one phone.”

The filing alleges that when the Crumblies left their son’s school an hour before the shooting began on November 30, they knew their son was depressed and “fascinated by guns.”

The filing details Ethan Crumbley’s state of mind six months before the shooting, stating that his parents knew he was “miserable than usual”, that his only friend had moved away, and that his Was sending mother disturbing texts about his state. Of mind

Prosecutors allege that while their son was struggling, his parents spent several hours a night, three to four nights a week, in the barn caring for their horses, and one of the parents had an extramarital affair.

The filing emphasizes that the defendants were focusing on their “own issues,” which included “substance abuse issues.”

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Prosecutors also alleged that Ethan Crumbley was torturing animals and that he “placed the child’s head in a jar on his bedroom floor.”

“Instead of paying attention to their son and seeking his help, they bought him a gun,” the filing said.

Prosecutors also alleged in the filing that after the shooting, the Crumblies kept lawyers for themselves, but not their son, and that Jennifer Crumble told a coworker and in a text that “her son’s destiny has happened and he himself have to take care of.”

Prosecutors accused Crumbleys of “deliberately disregarding” clear evidence that his son posed a serious threat to other students on the day of the shooting, and argued that all parents had to do was tell the school that they had recently been a student. Bought a gun. him, ask him where the gun was, open his bag “or just take it home.”

Prosecutors said their case against the couple is stronger and “even stronger” than when they were indicted.

Prosecutors allege that Ethan Crumbley "Amendment"  For his drawing after being discovered.  The original picture is on the left.

Filing attached two versions of a drawing It was reportedly built on a geometry test by Ethan Crumbley from the day of the shooting that included a picture of a gun and the words, “The thoughts won’t stop helping me.” Prosecutors allege that Crumbley “amended” the drawing after it was discovered.

“In a school shooting, it is not uncommon to find evidence of intent and planning after the shooting. What is novel about this case, the defendant was made aware, in graphic form, of the grave risk his son had prior to the shooting, The filing states.

According to prosecutors, a teacher found the picture on Crumbley’s desk. School officials said that school officials held a meeting with Crumbley and his parents, who were instructed to help provide counseling to their son within 48 hours.

According to prosecutors, the parents refused to take their son out of school that day and he was allowed to return to class.

Oxford Community School superintendent Tim Throne has said that because there was no prior disciplinary action on the suspect’s record, school counselors decided to allow him to return to class, rather than send him to an empty home.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, has a national helpline – 800-662-HELP (4357) – that provides 24/7 free, confidential treatment referrals and information in English and Spanish every day of the year. ,


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