Gravelles find fighting the system costly

NORWALK It's been a year since Michael and Sharen Gravelle were convicted on felony counts of child abuse, but their appeal o
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

NORWALK

It's been a year since Michael and Sharen Gravelle were convicted on felony counts of child abuse, but their appeal of the convictions remains unresolved.

The couple found themselves at the center of a media frenzy after child services workers and the Huron County sheriff said they had "caged" some of their 11 adopted, special-needs children.

Their attorney told the court the "cages" were actually just enclosures that Huron County officials and a licensed social worker had been well aware existed. The enclosures were recommended, he said, because the children had severe behavioral problems.

"Most foster families -- even adoptive families -- return children with these types of problems," Gravelle said. "We were able to accomplish something that was better for these kids."Read the story now in our complete online newspaper or in Sunday's Register..\