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Parents caught and arrested after son charged in Oxford school shooting

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Parents caught and arrested after son charged in Oxford school shooting

James and Jennifer Crumbley were caught in a commercial building in Detroit that housed artwork, Detroit Police Chief James E. White said during a news conference.

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The parents of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old accused of shooting and killing four students at Oxford High School, were captured early Saturday.

Authorities had been searching for the couple since Friday afternoon. Late Friday, U.S. Marshals announced a reward of up to $10,000 each for information leading to their arrests.

It happened several hours after Prosecutor Karen McDonald filed involuntary manslaughter charges against them, accusing them of failing to intervene on the day of the tragedy despite being confronted with a drawing and disturbing message — “blood everywhere” — which was found at the boy’s desk.

James and Jennifer Crumbley were caught in a commercial building in Detroit that housed artwork, Detroit Police Chief James E. White said during a news conference. He says the couple “were aided in getting into the building,” and that a person who helped them inside may also face charges.

In a statement, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said a Detroit business owner noticed a car tied to the Crumbleys in his parking lot late Friday. He says a woman seen near the car ran away when the business owner called 911. Later, the couple was located and arrested by Detroit police.

McDonald says the Crumbleys committed "egregious" acts from buying a gun on Black Friday to making it accessible to Ethan Crumbley to resisting his removal from school when they were brought in a few hours before the shooting.  

 
“Head down... just very upset,” he said.

McCabe said the couple was expected to be booked into the Oakland County Jail.

According to a post on Twitter from Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, a possible arraignment is expected after 9 a.m. in the 52-3 District Court via video.

Stick with ABC12 News for updates.