Aug 05, 2022
Michigan Prosecutors Say Ethan Crumbleys Parents Exposed Him To Chaotic Home Life
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(CNN) — Michigan prosecutors say the parents of accused Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley exposed him to years of “chaotic, toxic conflict,” and that they left him in an unstable home often with little supervision, creating a pathway to violence.
In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors argued that evidence of Jennifer and James Crumbley’s personal problems, including an extramarital affair and substance abuse, should be allowed to be introduced at their trial.Attorneys for the couple have called the evidence “extraneous.” READ MORE: Test Results Found 'Low Presence' Of Chemical That Spilled Into Huron River
The parents were each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter after their teenage son allegedly shot and killed four students and injured seven other people at Oxford High School in November.
Prosecutors argued that Jennifer and James Crumbley played “a much larger role than just buying their son a gun,” and that there were many things the parents could have done, other than simply locking up the gun, that could have prevented the tragedy. They also argued the parents had “every reason” to know their son was dangerous.
“What the evidence will actually show is that these defendants exposed their son to years of chaotic, toxic conflict, which is a well-known risk factor for entering the pathway to violence,” the filing states. “The investigation paints a clear picture of parents who were not just in constant conflict, or who just exposed their son to conflict, but who actively inserted him into their conflict…”
Investigators have interviewed witnesses from across the country who interacted with the family as far back as when Ethan was in kindergarten, the filing reveals. Neighbors and others told investigators that the parents would consistently fight and drink to excess, often leaving Ethan unsupervised.
Evidence also shows the parents spent thousands of dollars on alcohol and care for horses and negligible amounts on medical care, the filing states. Ethan felt the financial stress and wrote about it in his journal, prosecutors said.
“My grades are falling, my parents hate each other, we have no money, I have zero help for my mental problems and it’s causing me to shoot up the f**king school,” one journal entry states.READ MORE: Monkeypox Vaccines Available For Detroit Residents
Prosecutors also allege that when Ethan was six, his mother took him to stay the night with a person she was having an affair with and left him on the couch. When he was older, prosecutors said, Jennifer and James Crumbley would ask their son to investigate potential infidelities or check up on one of the parents, inserting him into their personal problems.
When Ethan went through stretches of poor sleep or insomnia, he “complained of seeing demons and asked for help” but his parents ignored him, prosecutors said.
“Their son was deteriorating before their eyes; he went through stretches of sleeping only a few hours per night — staying up very late at night while defendants drank, argued and slept only a few feet away in a bedroom that shared a wall with the shooter’s room,” prosecutors said.
Witnesses also told investigators the parents were “routinely intoxicated” in front of Ethan and that marijuana was often used in the house, according to the filing, and that the parents spent nearly $4,000 at a nearby liquor store in 2021 alone.
Prosecutors emphasized in their filing that they are asking to admit the evidence of Ethan’s exposure to infidelity, substance abuse, arguments and financial stress to show the stressful environment created by the Crumbley parents in the days and years before the deadly shooting.
CNN requested comment from attorneys for Jennifer and James Crumbley on the allegations made by prosecutors but did not receive an immediate response.MORE NEWS: Names Of 2 Men Killed In South Haven Plane Crash Released
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Alabama boy, 12, who fabricated story about an intruder killing his mother admits to cops that he accidentally shot her dead in their home
A 12-year-old boy confessed to accidentally shooting his mother, a 29-year-old registered nurse, after he originally claimed she was killed by an intruder in the family's Forestdale, Alabama home.
Ayobiyi Cook, who friends called 'Yo-Yo', was found dead in the suburban home on the 2400 block of Freemont Avenue after midnight on August 6.
The youth, who was not identified by investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, had originally told police that an intruder had entered their house, shot his mother and then ran away.
Ayobiyi Cook, 29, a registered nurse in Alabama, was accidentally killed by her 12-year-old son
Ayobiyi Cook, 29, celebrates here at a Mexican restaurant. She was killed when her 12-year-old boy accidentally shot her in her Forestdale home
Ayobiyi Cook and her husband Jarvis Cook, a Birmingham police officer, was working at the time of her death
Ayobiyi Cook and her husband, Jarvis Cook; the father will look after the boy after the youth accidentally shot his mother
'The child originally fabricated a story that detectives determined was not possible,' Deputy Chief David Agee said.
'After investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives were able to determine that the victim’s 12-year-old son unintentionally discharged a firearm striking his mother causing her death.'
After more probing, the boy finally changed his story.
The Cook family home on Freemont Avenue where Ayobiyi Cook was accidentally shot by her 12-year-old son
'The child eventually gave a true account of what happened,' Agree said. 'Evidence on the scene supports that the shooting was unintentional and the offense will be addressed through the Family Court system. The family has been cooperative throughout the process and the child will remain with them.'
The boy's father is an officer with the Birmingham Police Department and was working at the time of the shooting, according to Birmingham Real-Time News.
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'This offense is a tragedy for the Cook family and the entire community,' Agee said.
The funeral for the slain mom will be held on August 12 at the Faith Memorial Chapel in Bessmer, Alabama.
Loved ones are encouraged to wear orange, which was her favorite color.Read more:
- Mother found dead in Forestdale home was ‘unintentionally’ shot, killed by 12-year-old son - al.com