Jennifer Crumbley Trial – What Did She Do? Weight Gain During Jail Time


The whole world has been closely following the case of Jennifer Crumbley and her husband James Crumbley, who are the first US parents to have been charged in the mass shooting at school carried out by their son. Even the US President had addressed this 2021 case of a mass shooting at a Michigan school that left several kids dead and many more severely injured.

While she will certainly go down in history without a doubt, people have been watching how Jennifer Crumbley has been putting on weight. With each appearance she makes, she seems to have gained some more pounds – and this post today will be talking all about Jennifer Crumbley and her weight gain.

By now all of us are aware that Jennifer Crumbley will not be awarded as the “Mother of the Year”, instead she stands a high chance of going to jail on charges of involuntary manslaughter. The reference case is that of the Michigan school shooting in 2021, in which her 15-year-old son Ethan Crumbley killed four students and injured seven others. While the prosecutors assert that this mass shooting could have been easily prevented by Jennifer and James Crumbley by addressing their son’s mental health issues, they have also charged them for making a gun accessible to their minor son, at home. 

Jennifer Crumbley Gained Weight In Jail!

Correctly, as everyone has observed, Jennifer Crumbley has put on several pounds since the news of the terrible school shooting broke out about three years back, in November 2021. A few days after Thanksgiving, back in 2021, Jennifer and James Crumbley were arrested and put behind bars because their son Ethan Crumbley had shot dead four students at his school and seriously injured seven others. The couple tried to go undercover when they came to know that they had been charged with killing four individuals but were eventually caught.

Jennifer is currently on trial, but when this gruesome incident took place in November 2021 she had a pretty thin frame. However, you can see that at present she has put on weight noticeably and no longer be considered frail or small-framed. In fact, with all the extra pounds on her, her appearance has also transformed quite a bit because she appears considerably heavier than before.

People believe that the lack of any physical activity in prison is the primary cause of her weight gain, which sounds logically reasonable. Several factors are responsible for the weight gain of Jennifer Crumbley while she spends her days in prison – let us explore all the possibilities.

Firstly, Jennifer has been in jail for the past two years, which is certainly a long time for her to put on weight due to her confined lifestyle in prison. The confined environment where she has been spending the last two years means there is limited or zero scope for engaging in physical activities. This sedentary lifestyle without any exercise or substantial movement, not to forget the heavy emotional impact, can lead to rapid weight gain.

The fact that she is undergoing trial and awaiting the judgment of the court is itself a highly stressful and depressing state to be in, which might also have impacted her eating habits, causing weight gain. We cannot also rule out the limited choices of food available in jail, and the fact that she cannot refuse food, which might also have led to her gaining weight. 

The prison environment, coupled with the uncertainty of the outcome of the trial is very likely to have impacted her emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing, which is displayed through her weight gain. While we cannot really pinpoint the exact cause of her gaining several pounds, we can say that a combination of all these possibilities is responsible.

Her Trial And What Did She Do?

Back on November 30th, 2021, Jennifer Crumbley’s son Ethan, who was then 15 years old, took out from his backpack a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol and started shooting. He shot four students of his school, Oxford High School in Michigan, and wounded seven others grievously. Reportedly, his parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley had gifted him the handgun as an early Christmas present – he and his mom celebrated it by going to a shooting range during their “mom and son day”.

Both parents of Ethan Crumbley have been charged with involuntary manslaughter – his mother Jennifer is undergoing trial at present, while his father James will face trial later on. As per the prosecutors, the Crumbleys were indifferent to the collapsing mental health of their son and sought no treatment. So giving him access to a handgun at home makes them criminally responsible for the shootout or attack that he carried out at his school. 

Countless mass shootings in schools have plagued America over the past several decades, but the Crumbleys are the first-ever parents charged with homicide for a school shootout carried out by their child. The charges pressed against Jennifer and James Crumbley are among the highest charges in the American criminal system, and they can potentially result in the loss of freedom for lengthy periods, depending on the conduct of their teenage son Ethan.

The jury is presently deliberating the case of Jennifer Crumbley in this historic trial of the mother of the school shooter, on grounds of disregarding her son’s “downward spiral”, and making a handgun accessible to him. Jennifer has pleaded not guilty, though the prosecution argues that she could have taken small steps that could have prevented her son from shooting his classmates. She is currently awaiting the verdict of the court, in this case of four counts of involuntary manslaughter that took place in November 2021. 

Irrespective of the outcome, as the mother of a school shooter, she will have to live the rest of her life with a reputation stained in blood, which she can never wash away. As she weeps while hearing the testimony against her, we cannot disagree with the fact that she will always be the walking symbol of bad parenting and gun violence.

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