Foster parents put 11 children in cages

Sharen and Mike Gravelle are adoptive or foster parents for 11 children with disabilities, such as autism and fetal alcohol syndrome. For at least three years, they have been locking the children in cages at night.

The children were found in nine cages built into the walls of the house near this small city in northern Ohio, according to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. They had no blankets or pillows, and the cages were rigged with alarms that sounded if opened, Lt. Randy Sommers said.

The children told authorities they slept in the cages — 40 inches high and 40 inches deep — at night. Doors to some of the cages were blocked with heavy furniture.

Investigators believe nine of the children slept in the cages that were stacked two-high on the house’s second story. Two mattresses on a bedroom floor also showed signs of recent use, Sommers said.

One of the boys said he’d slept in the cage for three years, Sommers said. — Associated Press

What the hell? Anyway, we’re back, and the Gravelles are the Stupid People of the Day.

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