Cage Match takes on an all new meaning

Surprise: It's from Ohio!

"WAKEMAN, Ohio -- Nine children were found locked in cages in their home in Wakeman in Huron County Monday, NewsChannel5 reported.

The sheriff said the kids, ages 1 to 14, were found in the cages with no blankets or pillows. The wooden cages, estimated to be about 3 foot by 3 foot, were built into the walls. Officials are not releasing the photos of the cages.

The children were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center on Friday. They are listed in good condition. They are now in four different foster homes.

Officials said all the children were adopted children. Sharon and Mike Gravelle, the parents, have not been arrested. They had 11 children in all.

Officials said the parents thought they were doing what was best for the children.

'Basically, the parents thought they were providing for the protection of the children from themselves and from each other,' said Huron County's Lt. Randy Sommers. 'They thought it was circumstances that warranted the cages at night.'

Officials added that the parents believed that because the children were autistic they should be kept in the cages for protection from each other.

According to officials, the cages had alarms that would go off if the children tried to escape.

Neighbors said the family stopped going to church and actually built a church at their St. John Road home.

'They worked all the time carrying rocks. It was non-stop continuous,' neighbor Ron Wilkerson said.

Officials said the Gravelle's adopted the children from other agencies outside of Huron County. The family received monthly checks for adopting the kids."

1. They haven't been arrested!
2. They thought the best way to care for autistic children is to lock them in cages!
3. The agency that allowed them to adopt these foster children didn't educate or attempt to verify that they knew anything about autism!
4. They haven't been arrested!

What a fucking world.

3 Thoughts:

Blogger Su said...

I want to volunteer the fifth point...

5. They had the family working non-stop, carrying stones, to build their own private church.

Yeah, I'd say that's a big fuck off sign as well...

9/14/2005 5:37 PM  
Blogger Avitable said...

Good point. I forgot that one.

9/14/2005 11:26 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

'They thought it was circumstances that warranted the cages at night.'

people wonder why i bitch about the world being fucked.
this is why.

9/15/2005 11:13 AM  



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