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“These are not people we can be sure will return to court on their own,” she said.

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Authorities began looking for the couple after Oakland County prosecutors on Friday said they would be charged with manslaughter in connection with the mass shooting on campus. Prosecutors said the Crumbleys bought the gun for their son as a Christmas present and then ignored warning signs, including on the day of the shooting.

The school shooting in Michigan is only the latest incident of its kind in the United States, where elected officials have sparred on how to make schools safer for children, as attacks have become more and more common in recent decades.

Judge Julie Nicholson said on Saturday she had “some concern about the flight risk” that the couple posed after they did not show up for the court hearing on Friday.

Two Crumbleys lawyers, Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman, have said the couple has never tried to evade authorities.

“Our customers would definitely give of themselves,” Shannon Smith said at Saturday’s hearing. “It was just a matter of logistics.”

Michigan parents of Ethan Crumbley plead not guilty to manslaughter after school shooting

Detroit Police Chief James White told reporters in the early hours of Saturday that the couple had been found hidden in a commercial building on the city’s east side. He said they had not broken into the building but were locked in by someone.

Chief White said a member of the public saw their vehicle outside the building.

The couple’s 15-year-old son, Ethan Crumbley, has been detained without bail and has been charged as an adult on suspicion of carrying out the deadliest U.S. school shooting in 2021 Tuesday at Oxford High School, about 60 miles north of Detroit.

His parents were expected to appear at a court hearing Friday afternoon, but stopped responding to calls from their attorneys, according to Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Mike McCabe, which led to a search of the sheriff’s office and the U.S. Marshals Service.

During the trial, Jennifer Crumbley sobbed as the judge read the names of the students killed in the shooting and related charges.

The judge scheduled preliminary hearings for December 14 and 22.

Arms purchase

Four days before the shooting, Ethan accompanied his father to an arms store where James Crumbley bought a 9mm pistol, prosecutors said.

Michigan law prohibits persons under the age of 18 from buying or possessing firearms, except in limited circumstances, such as hunting with a license and an adult with supervision.

Ethan posted pictures of the gun on social media where he wrote: “Just got my new beauty today” and added a heart emoji. The next day, his mother wrote that the two of them were at a shooting range “to test his new Christmas present,” McDonald said.

Community members are attending a prayer service and candlelight vigil at Bridgewood Church in Clarkston, Michigan.

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Ms McDonald detailed a number of other warning signs, which she said parents failed to act on.

On November 21, a teacher found Ethan Crumbley, who was looking for ammunition on his phone, and warned school officials, leaving messages for his mother that were not returned. His mother later wrote to him, “LOL, I’m not mad at you. You must learn not to get caught.”

On the morning of the shooting, a teacher discovered a drawing of Ethan Crumbley depicting a handgun, a bullet and a bleeding figure next to the words “Blood everywhere”, “My life is useless” and “Thoughts will not. me.”

School officials called Crumbleys and instructed them to get Ethan to counsel within 48 hours, Ms McDonald said. The parents “resisted” the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčtaking their son home and did not search his backpack or ask him about the gun, she said.

After the Crumbley family left without their son, Ethan Crumbley was returned to class and later walked out of a bathroom with the gun, killing four students and injuring seven other people, authorities said.

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