An Ohio couple, Michael and Sharen Gravelle, adopted 11 special needs children that suffered from issues such as fetal alcohol syndrome. You would think these are some very noble and righteous people to take on such a challenge and give these children a loving home. If you thought that, you would be wrong.
Michael and Sharen Gravelle are charged with 16 counts of felony child endangering and if convicted could face one to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000 for each count. They also each face eight misdemeanor child endangering charges.
So what did these parents of the year do?Ã‚ Is caging the children bad enough?
The youngsters were placed in foster care last fall after a county social worker likened the wood and chicken-wire enclosures to cages or kennels. The Gravelles have denied mistreating the children, who were ages 1 to 15 at the time.
Sharen Gravelle testified at a custody hearing that she and her husband built bunk beds for the children and eventually added chicken wire enclosures and alarms to help prevent them from harming themselves or one another, wandering at night and getting dangerous kitchen utensils.Ã‚ via wcbstv.com
The children have removed from the family and placed in foster homes. Visitation has not been granted.