James and Jennifer Crumbley show 'no remorse' in jail over 'terrorist' son's actions
OAKLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN: James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the accused Oxford School shooter Ethan, have been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard revealed all three of them are placed on suicide watch and described the parents as "obviously sullen". Bouchard said, "They're not talking much to us. "[They're] obviously sullen, but not a lot of conversation," he added in a conversation with MSNBC on December 4 following their arrest.
The Crumbleys were arrested from a building in Detroit in the early hours on Saturday, December 4, and it was revealed that police were looking for a person who is a suspect in helping them escape. “We believe they were assisted in that location, to get there, to get in, and we’re gathering that information and we’re going to have the totality of that done fairly soon and present that to our prosecutor for potential charges for either aiding and abetting or obstruction of justice," Bouchard said during a press conference on the day of the arrests. The Crumbleys were found hiding in an art studio belonging to Polish-born artist Andrjez Sikora. His attorney sent out a statement saying Sikora maintains his innocence and approached the police himself. He wasn't aware of the couple using his space to hide. Sikora will be questioned by detectives in the afternoon of December 6
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After initial reports which said that all three Crumbleys are camped together in one unit, Bouchard confirmed during the press conference that the family was now "segregated, each individually, in isolation" at the county's jail. None of them have spoken to each other and are on suicide watch. Bouchard spoke about their demeanor saying, "We’ve not seen any remorse. I don’t know whether the sullenness is from being caught or whether it’s from other emotions that are going on, but they haven’t expressed it to us." He also addressed the decision to put them on suicide watch at the conference.
"There is no indication that any of them were suicidal, but out an abundance of caution our amazing corrections team is doing suicide watches on all three of them. They are in custody and in isolation," Bouchard said. Julie Nicholson, the judge who presided over the Crumbleys' hearing and set their bail was slammed on the Internet for providing them an option to walk out of jail. "How are people who fled arrest eligible for bail? That makes no sense," one user noted. Another section of the public blamed her for the mammoth bail amount, turning it to a race war. "Darryl Brooks got $1000 bail for attempting to run over one of his baby mamas, proceeded to commit #WaukeshaMassacre. The Crumbleys got $500,000 each. This is systemic racism and #BlackPrivilege in America."