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Old 09-13-2005, 11:13 AM   #1
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11 Kids Made to Sleep in Cages in Ohio

WAKEMAN, Ohio - Sheriff's deputies removed 11 disabled children from a home where they were made to sleep in cages less than 3 1/2 feet high, authorities said.

The children's adoptive and foster parents, Mike and Sharen Gravelle, denied that they'd abused or neglected the children during a custody hearing Monday in Huron County. No charges had been filed as of Monday night.

"The impression that we got was that they felt it was OK," said Lt. Randy Sommers of the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

The Gravelles said a psychiatrist recommended they make the children sleep in the cages at night, County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. The cages were stacked in bedrooms on the second floor of their house, he said.

The children, ages 1 to 14, were described as having conditions that included autism and fetal alcohol syndrome.

The children were found by a children's services investigator on Friday when he stopped by the Gravelles' home outside Wakeman, about 50 miles west of Cleveland. Deputies returned to the house that evening.

Some of the cages were rigged with alarms, Sommers said; others had heavy furniture blocking their doors. The children didn't have blankets or pillows.

One of the boys said he'd slept in the cage for three years, Sommers said. And a neighbor recently reported seeing the children working long hours in the family's yard, he said.

The children were placed with four foster families Monday.

A woman who identified herself as Sharen Gravelle's mother but refused to give her name said the children were happy and loved. "This year they have played and had fun and laughed like no other children have, which they have never been able to do," she said.

The Gravelles do not have a listed telephone number.

Sommers said there were no apparent signs the children had been malnourished or beaten, but they were sent to a hospital for examination. Their conditions were not available Monday.

In March, a couple who had recently moved from Ohio to Florida was charged with neglect when their adopted teenager was discovered malnourished in a crib-like cage. The then-17-year-old weighed 49 pounds, investigators said.

The twin-bed-sized crib had been prescribed when the boy was much younger and lived in Ohio. It had been fitted with a lid, chains and a padlock, investigators said.
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I saw that on the news this morning, I don't know what to say
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Why do people even bother adopting or have kids if this is what they are going to do to them? This makes me so angry and really sick to my stomach.
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Why do people even bother adopting or have kids if this is what they are going to do to them?
$$$$ - the receive aid based on the number of children they "care for."

Sick bastards
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And I have people wonder all the time why I don't send my aunt (who has down's syndrome and is profoundly retarded) to a "home."
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what a f*cked up world..

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The Gravelles said a psychiatrist recommended they make the children sleep in the cages at night, County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
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What the hell kind of psychiatrist suggests putting kids in cages? I mean wtf?!
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Another question is, what kind of parents would actually DO what this psychiatrist suggested? As a parent myself these kinds of stories make my stomach turn.
My heart breaks for these helpless children in this story and everywhere else this happens.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/caged_chi...E0BHNlYwN0bWE-

Siblings Not Surprised About Cage Charges

By JOE MILICIA, Associated Press Writer

When Jesse and Jenna Gravelle heard the stories about a couple forcing their 11 adopted children to sleep in cages, they weren't surprised to hear their father and stepmother's names.

What shocked them, Jesse Gravelle said, was that adoption agencies would place children in Michael and Sheron Gravelle's custody.

"My dad and stepmother were pretty much cruel and neglectful," Jesse Gravelle, now 32, said Friday.

"There were no cages," his sister Jenna Gravelle, 31, said in a separate interview, but "both my brother and I felt like prisoners. We had to fend for ourselves."

The siblings described teenage years spent working long hours to pay for food and rent at their father's home, and said Jenna as a sixth-grader was temporarily removed from the home by social services over allegations that their father inappropriately touched her.
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This is truly evil.
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