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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Kids locked in cages for protection -- do they bite?

Nine children were found locked in cages in their home in Wakeman in Huron County, NewsChannel5 reported.

The sheriff said the kids, ages 1 to 14, were found in the cages with no blankets or pillows on Friday. The wooden cages, estimated to be about 3 feet by 3 feet, were built into the walls. Officials are not releasing the photos of the cages, but the sheriff described them as makeshift cellblocks.

The parents, Sharon and Mike Gravelle, didn't seem to think anything was wrong with their treatment, officials said. Officials said all the children were adopted children. The Gravelles have not been arrested. They had 11 children in all.

The Gravelles said they put them in cages to protect themselves from each other because they are disabled, NewsChannel5 reported.

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