Payout for eleven Ohio children forced to sleep in cages by adoptive parents


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The Independent US

Lawyers for 11 adopted and foster children forced to sleep in cages by their adoptive parents in northern Ohio have reached a $2m (£1.2m) settlement.

The agreement is with one of the counties that placed three of the children in the home. It is likely to bring to a close the lawsuits and settlements in the case. The children were aged one to 14 when authorities removed them from their home near Norwalk,  in 2005. Their adoptive parents, Michael and Sharen Gravelle, have spent two years in prison for abusing some of the children.

Ohio has since increased supervision when multiple children live in one home. The settlement, in Stark County in the north-east, was finalised last week. It needs a judge’s approval.