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Michigan school shooting suspect and his parents in same jail but isolated from one another

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Michigan school shooting suspect and his parents isolated at same jail, sheriff says 31:04

James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the accused Michigan school shooter who were arrested Saturday on involuntary manslaughter charges, are being held separately in the same facility as their son, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

The couple was found hiding in a Detroit art studio early Saturday morning after an hours-long manhunt, police told CBS News. 

Both James and Jennifer Crumbley pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter during a court hearing on Saturday. Judge Julie Nicholson assigned bond of $500,000 to each parent and placed other requirements such as GPS monitoring. The judge agreed with prosecutors that the couple posed a flight risk.

Authorities had been searching for the couple after they were each charged Friday in connection with the Oxford High School shooting, the U.S. Marshals office said. The county prosecutor, Karen McDonald, said they failed to prevent the tragedy and allowed their son to have access to the gun he used in the shooting.

The Crumbley's son and suspected shooter, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, faces 24 charges, including four counts of first-degree murder and one count of terrorism causing death. Four people were killed and seven others were wounded in Tuesday's shooting at Oxford High School. The teen pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.


Sheriff's office believes parents were hiding at time of arrest

James and Jennifer Crumbley were found in a warehouse building in Detroit early Saturday, and the sheriff's office believes this indicates that the two were in hiding. However, they do not know the couple's exact whereabouts throughout the day Friday or why they chose to go to that particular location.

Authorities are also looking into the person who let the couple into the building. That person has not been charged. 

By Sophie Reardon

Parents are jailed in same facility as their son, suspected high school shooter

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office confirmed that James and Jennifer Crumbley arrived at the jail around 3 a.m. Saturday after their arrest in Detroit. The couple and their son, who is being held at the same facility, are segregated from one another.

They are all on suicide watch — with authorities checking on them multiple times per hour — but the sheriff said there is no indication they are suicidal.

By Sophie Reardon
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