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Caged children to receive $2 million

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Representatives for 11 children force to sleep in cages by their adoptive parents Michael and Sharen Gravelle of Norwalk, OH, have reached a $2 million settlement* with the county where 3 of them lived in prior to being placed with the family. The money is in addition to the $1.2 million paid by Huron County in 2010, as part of several lawsuits filed regarding failure to oversee homes where multiple special needs kids are kept.

The Gravelle’s lost custody of their kids, ages 1-14 (at the time) in 2006, and were sentenced to 2 years in prison for abusing some of the children who suffered from disabilities including autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, Pica and HIV.

According to the Gravelles, they had erected wood and wire enclosures over the childrens’ beds to protect them because they “acted up and were destructive.”

All 11 of the children were placed in foster homes in 2005, and the two oldest are now in college.

* The agreement is currently awaiting a judge's approval.

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