A US attorney general has brought manslaughter charges against the parents of a teen accused of killing 4 high school students in the US state of Michigan.
The prosecutor said the teen’s parents failed to intervene on the day of the tragedy despite being confronted with a drawing and letter saying “blood is everywhere” found in their teenage son’s office.
Oakland County District Attorney Karen MacDonald added that James and Jennifer Crumbley committed “terrible” acts, from purchasing a Black Friday pistol and making it available to Ethan Crumble to resisting his expulsion from school when they were called a few hours before the shooting.
“I expect parents and everyone to have humanity and step in and stop a potential tragedy. My conclusion is that there is absolute reason to believe that this person was dangerous and troubled,” the plaintiff continued.
By the afternoon, authorities said they were looking for the couple, and Sheriff Mike Bouchard said their lawyer, Shannon Smith, had agreed to arrange their arrest if they were charged but was unable to reach them.
However, attorney Smith said James and Jennifer Cromble are not on the run and had left town earlier in the week “for their own safety.”
“They will return to the area to be tried,” Smith told the Associated Press.
On Friday evening, US authorities announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of James and Jennifer Cromble.
Earlier, the attorney general gave the most accurate account yet of the events leading up to the shooting, three days after four students were killed and others wounded at Oxford High School, about 50 kilometers north of Detroit.
Source: “The Associated Press”