Couple Convicted Of Abuse For Caging Adopted Children

Norwalk, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio couple accused of forcing some of their eleven adopted children to sleep in cages have been found guilty of child endangering and abuse.

Michael and Sharon Gravelle claimed during the trial that they needed to keep some of the children in enclosed beds to protect them from themselves and each other. The beds were made with wood and chicken wire and with rigged with alarms.

The children suffered from problems such as fetal alcohol syndrome and a disorder that involves eating nonfood items. They ranged in age from one to 14 when authorities removed them from the Gravelle's home last year.

The case began when a county social worker visited the home after receiving complaints that the children were being kept in cages.

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