Crumbleys’ Former Neighbor Tells Detroit Newspaper That A Young Ethan Was Left Home Alone While Parents Went Out To Bars

It just keeps getting worse and worse.

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With each passing moment, as more and more truths gradually come to life, it seems the situation with suspected Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley and his parents Jennifer and James just keeps getting worse and worse.

The Crumbley couple recently broke the mold, so to speak, when Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald announced that Ethan’s parents were, in fact, being charged with involuntary manslaughter due to their connection as parents to their son’s fatal crime.

Since that fateful day, when Ethan Crumbley opened fire in his Michigan High School, gunning down 4 students and seriously injuring another 7, a steady stream of information has made its way into the public’s eye, allowing us to fully understand why the Crumbleys, unlike most parents of school shooters, have ended up where they have.

Over this past week, we have discovered an extensive criminal history among the Crumbley couple, heard from James’ ex and mother of his other children who has bravely spoken out, learned of the couple’s apparent obsession with former President Donald Trump and the 2nd Amendment, and began to learn the details of what exactly took place when the couple appeared to attempt to go on the run when the charges against them were officially announced.

And yet, it still manages to get worse.

According to a new report from local publication, the Detroit Free Press, a former neighbor of the Crumbley family spoke with the local media outlet and revealed that she had long harbored serious concerns about the way James and Jennifer were raising their son, Ethan, even far before the tragic school shooting took place — so much so that she once called Child Protective Services on them.

According to former Crumbley neighbor Kayla LeMieux, Jennifer and James had a serious tendency to leave their young son at home alone while they went out drinking and bar hopping in downtown Lake Orion, back in 2014 and 2015. During that time, Ethan Crumbley would have been between 8 and 9 years old — far too young to be left at home alone. Records show that the Crumbley couple lived in the downtown area of Lake Orion before ultimately moving to Oxford where the shooting took place.

LeMieux revealed that the parents’ behavior was so deeply concerning for her that she actually made an anonymous call to CPS to report their behavior.

“When they were gone, he would come knock on our door,” LeMieux said, referring to Ethan Crumbley. “They didn’t leave him with a phone.”

The neighbor claimed that the young boy-turned-school-shooter would ask her to call his parents for him when they were gone.

LeMieux worked as a restaurant server with Jennifer Crumbley back in 2012 and said she considered herself friends with Ethan’s mother for a while, often hanging out with Jennifer at downtown hotspots. But Kayla said the relationship between her and Jennifer ultimately went south, mostly due to her increasing concerns about Ethan regularly being left home alone.

“It was really when I finally started to say more, because I was just like, even after calling CPS, they were still doing it and even me saying something to them, they were still like ‘Oh he is fine,'” Kayla said.

The former neighbor supplied the Detroit Free Press with what she said were screenshots of Facebook Messenger conversations between herself and Jennifer and James Crumbley, hailing from 2015. The accounts belonging to the Crumbleys appear to have since been deleted, however, the alleged messages make mention of them leaving their son at home alone while going out drinking.

LeMieux said she’s unaware if CPS ever acted on her report.

Jennifer and James Crumbley are both now incarcerated in the same jail where their son is being held, after seemingly attempting to flee from authorities with the help of an accomplice who is now facing potential charges themselves. Jennifer and James are being held in the correction facility on a half-million-dollar bond, each.

You can read the full report from the Detroit Free Press here.

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