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U.S. Marshals Capture 'Missing' Parents of Suspected Michigan School Shooter

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Late Friday, the U.S. Marshals joined the search for James and Jennifer Crumbley after they failed to show up at an arraignment Friday morning. The Michigan couple are the parents of student Ethan Crumbley, who stands accused of the Oxford High School shooting that killed four students and wounded seven others, including one teacher, on November 30.

As my PJ Media colleague, Megan Fox, reported, the “lawyers for the parents said they had not fled from the order to turn themselves in but left town for their own safety.” The lawyers also claimed that the Crumbleys would return for their arraignment; however, that did not happen. In their absence, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald charged each parent with four counts of involuntary manslaughter—a felony that carries a 15-year sentence, according to Michigan officials. It seems likely that additional charges will be added at a later date since the U.S. Marshals are now involved.

By late Friday afternoon, the U.S. Marshals Service issued two official “Wanted” posters and offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of both Crumbley parents. Additionally, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office released an alert for two vehicles owned by the Crumbleys, a black Kia Seltos SUV and a white Kia Soul station wagon.

Related: Police Say Parents Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Michigan School Shooting Are ‘Missing’

Early Saturday morning, CNN reported authorities had located the Crumbley’s black Kia Seltos in Detroit.

Around 2:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, WDIV Local4 reported both James and Jennifer Crumbley were in custody not far from where their black Kia was found on Detroit’s east side.

Even with the parents in custody, this is an ongoing story, and PJ Media will update it as new information becomes available.

According to the Detroit Free Press, on Wednesday, Ethan Crumbley, 15, was charged as an adult with terrorism and multiple counts of first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, and gun crimes leading to the deaths of Tate Myre, 16; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Justin Shilling, 17; and Hana St. Juliana, 14.

Crumbley faces penalties of up to life in prison, as the death penalty has been constitutionally banned in Michigan since 1963.

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