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Neighbor of Michigan school shooter, 15, claims she warned authorities that he was being neglected

Ethan Crumbley, 15, was allegedly left home alone by his parents when he was eight years old. Kayla LeMieux, 28, a former neighbor of Ethan, claimed his parents would go to Lake Orion downtown bars

A former neighbor of alleged Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley claimed she made anonymous calls to Child Protective Service years ago about his parents abandoning him to go drinking. 

Kayla LeMieux, 28, who lived near Ethan and his parents in Lake Orion in 2014 and 2015, said James and Jennifer Crumbley would leave their then eight-year-old son home alone for hours to go to bars downtown.

‘When they were gone, he would come knock on our door,’ LeMieux told The Detroit Free Press. ‘They didn’t leave him with a phone.’  

LeMieux claimed Ethan used to beg her to call his parents to return to their house on the Atawater block, just 10 minutes away from Lake Orion. 

The woman, who briefly worked with Jennifer, 43, as a restaurant server in 2012 and once considered her a ‘friend,’ said she wasn’t told whether CPS had acted on her complaints. 

‘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,’ LeMieux said. 

In the aftermath of the shooting, there have been increasing reports raising concern about the Crumbleys’ parenting style, including evidence that suggests it was James, 45, who bought Ethan the gun he allegedly perpetrated the shooting with.

Meanwhile, authorities revealed texts sent by Jennifer, in which she told her son ‘LOL I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught’ after a teacher saw the teenager looking up different types of ammunition on his phone. 

Footage, obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com on Monday, showed the 15-year-old accused shooter stumbling and falling in the back room of a diner he worked at in Oxford last year. An incident his mother reportedly blamed on an ’empty stomach.’ 

Eli Crumbley, Ethan’s older half-brother who had previously worked at the same diner, was once caught with marijuana at the job and hinted that his father and stepmother had given it to him, the diner’s manager told DailyMail.com. 

CPS has declined to confirm or deny LeMieux’s claims, citing confidentiality concerns. 

Jennifer Crumbley

James Crumbley

Jennifer Crumbley (left) and James Crumbley (right) were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter after buying their son the handgun used to kill four Oxford High School students

Kayla LeMieux, 28, who lived near Ethan and his parents in Lake Orion in 2014 and 2015, said James and Jennifer Crumbley would leave their then eight-year-old son home alone to go to bars downtown. LeMieux claimed Ethan used to beg her to call his parents to return to their house on the Atawater block (pictured), just 10 minutes away from Lake Orion

Kayla LeMieux, 28, who lived near Ethan and his parents in Lake Orion in 2014 and 2015, said James and Jennifer Crumbley would leave their then eight-year-old son home alone to go to bars downtown. LeMieux claimed Ethan used to beg her to call his parents to return to their house on the Atawater block (pictured), just 10 minutes away from Lake Orion

Records obtained by the Detroit Free Press confirm that the Crumbleys, who married in 2005, lived near downtown Lake Orion before moving to Oxford, where the youngest Crumbley is accused of perpetrating a carnage of terror at the town’s only high school that left 4 teenagers dead. 

Ethan and his parents are now in solitary confinement, facing likely long prison sentences and not allowed to have contact with each other.

LeMieux told the Free Press she and Jennifer worked as a restaurant servers and even considered her a friend before growing frustrated with her habit of leaving Ethan home alone to go to bars with her husband.  

LeMieux handed to the Free Press Facebook messages between her and Jennifer from 2015 in which LeMieux mentions the Crumbleys’ drinking. 

‘CPS complaints are confidential by law,’ Bob Wheaton, a spokesman with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services told the Free Press.  

LeMieux said she wasn’t aware that the Crumbleys owned any guns during the time she was their neighbor in 2014 and 2015.  

Video exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com shows Ethan Crumbley stumbling into the kitchen of an Oxford, Michigan diner where he occasionally worked last year. An incident his mother reportedly blamed on an 'empty stomach'

Video exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com shows Ethan Crumbley stumbling into the kitchen of an Oxford, Michigan diner where he occasionally worked last year. An incident his mother reportedly blamed on an ’empty stomach’

Eli Crumbley (left), Ethan's (right) older half-brother who had worked at the same diner, was once caught with marijuana at the job and hinted that his father and stepmother had given it to him, the diner's manager told DailyMail.com. Originally from Florida, the two boys later moved to Oxford with their dad James Crumbley and his second wife, Jennifer

Eli Crumbley (left), Ethan’s (right) older half-brother who had worked at the same diner, was once caught with marijuana at the job and hinted that his father and stepmother had given it to him, the diner’s manager told DailyMail.com. Originally from Florida, the two boys later moved to Oxford with their dad James Crumbley and his second wife, Jennifer

James and Jennifer Crumbley, whom Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has described as ‘obviously sullen,’ are currently on suicide watch as they are held in lieu of $500,000 cash bail. The sheriff says they haven’t spoken much. 

The Crumbleys were captured early Saturday in the basement of a building on the 1100 block of Bellevue Street in Detroit, less than half a mile from the Canadian border. They were taken into custody after leading authorities on a large-scale manhunt while fleeing involuntary manslaughter charges. 

A Detroit mural artist has been accused of hiding alleged the at his studio.

Andrzej Sikora admitted giving Jennifer and James Crumbley shelter from ‘death threats’ in the wake of the massacre allegedly carried out by their son Ethan in Oxford, Michigan, last Thursday. 

But he says he had no idea the pair had stayed at his Detroit studio overnight, and only discovered the Crumbleys stay after their arrest at 1:30am Saturday. 

Andrzej Sikora (pictured) is friends and business associates with the Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of alleged school shooter Ethan Crumbley, according to his lawyer Clarence Dass. The pair were found at the artist's studio on the 1100th block of Bellevue Street on Saturday at 1.30 am

Andrzej Sikora (pictured) is friends and business associates with the Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of alleged school shooter Ethan Crumbley, according to his lawyer Clarence Dass. The pair were found at the artist’s studio on the 1100th block of Bellevue Street on Saturday at 1.30 am

James and Jennifer Crumbley were the target of a federal manhunt; US Marshals placed a $10,000 bounty on information leading to their arrest after they were charged with involuntary manslaughter on Friday 

Jennifer, a realtor, has a longstanding professional connection with Sikora, who has completed work on at least one building at her behest. 

Sikora’s attorney, Clarence Dass, told DailyMail.com that the Polish-born painter hadn’t knowingly shielded the Crumbleys from the law.

Dass said the couple told his client on Friday that they were ‘just staying for a few hours to avoid death threats.’

‘There were no charges, warrants or court dates at that time,’ Dass said on Sunday night. ‘My client had no idea they were staying overnight – he left earlier in the day.’ 

Although there was a warrant out for the couples’ arrest and a massive, well-publicized manhunt was launched when they didn’t show up for their arraignment for involuntary manslaughter charges at 4 pm on Friday, Sikora told the outlet that he had just been made aware of the investigation and was in conversations with people. 

 He didn’t specify whether he meant law enforcement or lawyers, and declined to comment further, and told the outlet that they ‘will see more information.’

In fact, there were charges at that time. 

On December 3, the day before, Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced that Ethan Crumbley’s parents were being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. 

But Dass told DailyMail.com that the Crumbley’s had turned off their phones and didn’t tell Sikora. 

‘He told them to leave as well – they stayed without his knowledge until they were arrested at 2 am. When he found out, he went to the police right away.’      

When asked what time the couple had arrived at Sikora’s studio, the attorney said it was on the morning of December 3, but declined to give a specific time, citing an active investigation. 

The pair had withdrawn $4,000 from an ATM around 2 or 3 pm on December 3 – it is unclear whether they did so before or after initially arriving at Sikora’s studio. They were last seen on Thursday, when they tuned in to their son’s virtual arraignment from a car.

Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said a woman was spotted smoking a cigarette near the couple’s abandoned Kia near the studio and ran away when the business owner called police. 

Before he moved to the U.S. in 1990, Sikora (pictured) studied, painted and worked as an art professor in Poland, according to his biography on the My Finest Art agency's website . His work has been displayed in mansions, restaurants and an opera house in Michigan

Before he moved to the U.S. in 1990, Sikora (pictured) studied, painted and worked as an art professor in Poland, according to his biography on the My Finest Art agency’s website . His work has been displayed in mansions, restaurants and an opera house in Michigan

Detroit law enforcement had been searching areas near the water, raising questions about whether the couple was attempting to cross the border – but questions regarding that theory weren’t answered  at a Saturday press conference.

Their arrest was without incident and came after the U.S. Marshals offered a $10,000 bounty for information leading to their capture when they fled Friday after involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the school massacre perpetrated by their son were announced.  

 On Saturday afternoon, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said that his office was considering charging a person who had ‘clearly helped them into that location and made it available to them with obstruction of justice or aiding-and-abetting. 

 The Crumbleys were ‘friends and business acquaintances’ for a few years – ‘mostly just friends more than business.’

‘[Jennifer] did some marketing with my client, helped him with his website.’ 

Sikora finished a mural at Red Knapps American Grill, a bar just around the corner from the Crumbley’s house, according to the Oxford Leader. A picture of the artist standing in front of his artwork was previously attributed to ‘Jehn Crumbley,’ a nickname that the realtor-turned-marketing director goes by socially and professionally. 

The article has since been updated to remove the photo’s caption, but it is still featured in a WayBack machine archive.

Before he moved to the U.S. in 1990, Sikora studied, painted and worked as an art professor in Poland, according to his biography on the My Finest Art agency’s website. His work has been displayed in mansions, restaurants and an opera house in Michigan. 

The Crumbley’s purchased their home in Oxford in 2015, their lawyer said during their Sunday arraignment; Sikora bas been associated with a property in Lake Orion, a village about six minutes away from the Oxford Charter Township. 

The writer of the article in the Oxford Leader featuring Jennifer Crumbley’s photograph did not response to DailyMail.com’s requests for comment, nor did the Crumbleys’ lawyers, Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman. 

Rudy Harper, the Second Deputy Chief of the Detroit Police, told The Daily Beast that the department has ‘not identified a third person to [his] knowledge.’

But Detroit Police Chief James White said that his department was ‘working no an angle on one other person who was assisting [the Crumbleys,]’ and that ‘additional charges could be forthcoming.’

The Oakland County Prosector’s office will be reviewing the Sikora matter, according to The Daily Beast. 

‘Obviously finding [the Crumbleys] in a building in Detroit doesn’t lend itself to cooperation,’ the sheriff told DailyMail.com Saturday morning, a day after law enforcement issued a ‘be on the lookout’ alert for police to hunt down the ‘fugitive parents’ charged in connection with the Oxford High School deaths. 

James, 45, (top left) and Jennifer, 43, (top center) Crumbley were each granted a $500,000 bond, which must be paid in full

James, 45, (top left) and Jennifer, 43, (top center) Crumbley were each granted a $500,000 bond, which must be paid in full

On Saturday morning, Ethan Crumbley’s tearful parents pled not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17. 

 McDonald charged the couple for their ‘egregious’ conduct – from buying their son a handgun four days before the shooting, to keeping it in a bedroom drawer unsecured, to failing to mention that gun to teachers when their son Ethan drew a disturbing drawing about shooting people just hours before he killed four students. 

Smith claimed that the couple had always intended to turn themselves in. McDonald, however, said that the Crumbleys ‘are not people that we can be assured are going to return to court on their own.’     


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