Two Teens Forced To Sleep In Cages Sue Parents, Caseworkers

Two Ohio teenagers forced to sleep in cages have sued their adoptive parents and caseworkers who arranged the adoptions.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland on behalf of 18-year-old Sharen Gravelle and 17-year-old Michael Gravelle.

Their adoptive parents, also named Michael and Sharen, are now serving two-year prison terms for abusing some of their 11 adopted special-needs children.

The suit also targets caseworkers and the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services in Cincinnati. The suit says the Gravelles were unfit to be parents and should never have gotten custody of the children.

The prosecutor's office, which handles legal matters for the county agency, had no immediate comment Thursday.

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  • by Wanda Location: KenansvilleG on Oct 23, 2009 at 11:08 AM
  • by justme Location: g-ville on Oct 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    Just because someone is special needs does not mean they are mentally handicapped.
  • by reason Location: gvl on Oct 22, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    Special Needs doesn't necessarily mean unable to care for themselves. The article doesn't say these two were special needs, just that some of the kids were.
  • by wondering on Oct 22, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    If they were special needs, who filed the law suit.

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