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$2M settlement reached in Ohio caged kids case

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JOHN SEEWER | March 3, 2014 12:03 PM EST | AP


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for 11 adopted and foster children forced to sleep in cages by their adoptive parents in northern Ohio have reached a $2 million settlement.

The agreement is with one of the counties that placed three of the children in the home. It will likely bring a close to the lawsuits and settlements in the case.

The children ranged in age from 1 to 14 when authorities removed them from their home near Norwalk in 2005. Their adoptive parents, Michael and Sharen Gravelle, spent two years in prison for abusing some of the children.

Ohio has since increased oversight when multiple special-needs children are living in one home.

The latest settlement with officials in northeast Ohio's Stark County was finalized last week. It still needs a judge's approval.