Couple Cages Adopted Children “For Their Safety”


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?  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.   via

The children have removed from the family and placed in foster homes. Visitation has not been granted.

Posted November 14, 2006 by
Bizarre, Child Welfare | 6 comments

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  • Comments

    6 Responses to “Couple Cages Adopted Children “For Their Safety””

    1. MIss-Underestimated on November 15th, 2006 9:06 am

      It’s all about the money. If they really cared, they would take no more children then they could handle without the need of cages? Do the math: I really don’t know how much these foster parents get paid, but lets say $600.00 per month times 11 children….

    2. MIss-Underestimated on November 15th, 2006 9:07 am


      Shame on the system, that let them have that many special need children.

    3. ldstlou on November 15th, 2006 9:41 am

      I saw these foster parents interviewed and they showed the bedroom and the beds the children slept in, they were FAR from cages!! In my opinion, the media has blown this way out of proportion!

    4. Freebrid on November 15th, 2006 10:18 am

      Idstlou there were some caged beds in that room. But the system still should have Never let these people have 11 special needs children. These children need lots of love and you can’t tell me that 1 person can take care of this many children during the day by themself, surely one of them work! Oh wait (that’s how they were making their money, collecting checks for these kids that’s why they are caged up so they don’t have to worry about them) Miss-Underestimated you are correct when you do the math!! And this is tax free!! When they interviewed these people on T.V. if I could have got that women though my screen I would have caged her up myself, I have nothing for people like this she showed no emotion for these children it was a meal ticket for her!!!! The Media needs to blown on stories like this!!!!!!!

    5. nanaysix on November 16th, 2006 12:16 am

      I hope after they are finished with this trial, they start a trial for the Cabinet For Families, and every person who is resxponsible for placing these children in this home.
      The man had a history of sexual abuse. The social workers had known this was going for 2 years before they stepped in. This made the news, but is far from an isolated case in this country. Innocent children have no rights and no protection. It is all about parents rights, and lets face it,there are abusive and dangerous parents. I pray this country wakes up, and overhauls its system that protects children. Please media if you are listening focus some attention zand questions on the Cabinet for families and lets stop this abuse.

    6. ldstlou on November 16th, 2006 1:18 pm

      Freebird, I respect your opnions, I really do…but I say who the heck else would have taken these kids on?! I don’t think it is fair to say they did it for the $$. There are a million better ways to earn a living!! I truely felt after watching the interview that these were good hearted people!! Both my sister who has 6 kids of her own and my best friend who has 5 of her own…take in extra kids all the time…w/out any $$ from the government!! My girlfriend at one time had 9 kids in her house!! Was it crowded? YES!! But the extra 4 would have been in foster care and separated if she had not had such a generous heart…same with my sister!!
      There are just some special people who truely LOVE helping people!! We don’t have any idea what it was like to keep those kids safe at night! I don’t think we should pre-judge until we get all the evidence in the trial. But I am telling you…they seemed like good-hearted people to me. I also KNOW that once you take in one special needs child…you tend to get called over and over again to take on others!! BY THE STATE!! and it’s hard to say no to theses angels!!!

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