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    (CNN) -- Police in northern Ohio on Monday rescued eight children whose parents told authorities they kept the kids in locked cages for their own protection.

    The children, ages 1 to 14, were found locked in cages at their home in Wakeman, about 40 miles southwest of Cleveland, according to Lt. Randy Sommers of the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

    The children were all either adopted or foster children, he said.

    Authorities said the kids were kept in wooden cages, less than 3 feet by 3 feet, without pillows or blankets.

    Shortly after being found, the children were sent to Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, where they were listed in good condition.

    The children's parents, Mike and Sharon Gravelle, had 11 children in all, according to authorities.

    Police said no charges had been filed against the parents.

    "Basically, the parents thought they were providing for the protection of the children from themselves and from each other," said Sommers.

    "They thought there was circumstances with these children that warranted the cages at night," Sommers added, but he would not go into details of what those circumstances were.

    All 11 of the children found in the home have been placed in the custody of the Huron County Department of Children and Families.

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  • #2
    can you imagine those kids nightmares to know they're going to have to go to another foster or adoptive family?

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    • #3
      Shame on you, Ohio Blues....There's a better way to train your kids not to be Blue Jackets fans.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jack Daniels@Sep 12 2005, 11:04 PM
        Shame on you, Ohio Blues....There's a better way to train your kids not to be Blue Jackets fans.
        Indeed, everyone knows using electrified iron/steel cages is much more effective. It's where I keep the hookers that have displeased me.
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        • #5
          The article didnt mention caged Albino's..so, I gotta assume OB is safe for the time being.

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          • #6
            What the fuck is wrong with people.
            And why the fuck have NO charges been filed yet?
            Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by madyaks@Sep 13 2005, 03:18 AM
              What the fuck is wrong with people.
              And why the fuck have NO charges been filed yet?
              my thoughts too
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              • #8
                Originally posted by madyaks@Sep 13 2005, 04:18 AM
                What the fuck is wrong with people.
                And why the fuck have NO charges been filed yet?
                Because they asked for it?

                Hey, I'm just guessing here...


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                • #9
                  If some of those children were still in foster care, there should have been a case manager checking on them every month. Some foster care worker (again) probably screwed up big time by not doing their job and lying about completing mandatory visits. Their caseloads are high, but it doesn't give them an excuse to lie and not complete their work. Its cases like these that give social service agencies as a whole a bad reputation.

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                  • #10
                    the parents will be charged on friday. to add injury, most of the children in cages (if not all) were mentally disabled. the reason it went unnoticed, well many reasons, but this family lived in the area for 10 yrs and kept to themselves, the kids were home schooled, and because the kids were not from local adoption agencies and they did not know they were even there.

                    sad to say but the pot bellied pig outside looked like it had a bigger cage than most kids.

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