Not All Humans Are People

Posted on February 16, 2007. Filed under: news, Team America |

Couple gets 2 years in ‘caged kids’ case, The Associated Press reports (via Yahoo News).


A couple who forced some of their 11 adopted, special-needs children to sleep in wire-and-wood cages were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday, after the parents insisted they were only trying to keep the kids safe.

Michael Gravelle, his face red and his voice rising, told the judge he and his wife “felt we were being led by the Lord” when they decided to bring the first child into their home.

He said problems began when they took in a group of siblings with an array of behavior and emotional problems.

“What do you do with these kids?” Michael Gravelle asked. “I prayed constantly for the answer.”

Prosecutors said the Gravelles were cruel. Witnesses, including the sheriff and some of the children, said the cages were urine-stained and lacked pillows or mattresses, but a social worker and others who testified for the defense said they never witnessed abuse and that the children’s behavior improved because of the bright blue and red cages.

One Gravelle child testified he was forced to live in a bathroom for 81 days, sleeping in a bathtub because of a bed-wetting problem. The Gravelles’ attorneys said the boy exaggerated the length of his bathroom stay, and an expert for the defense testified that the technique helped the boy.

Sharen and Michael Graves, you are poor excuses for human beings

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I am offended that they would blame their abuse and neglect on God. I am also appalled that the sentence is so light.

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