Norwalk parents who locked kids in cages walk free

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) - A Norwalk man who forced some of his 11 adopted, special-needs children to sleep in cages will be released from prison, five days after his wife.

Michael Gravelle, 62, is scheduled to leave the Hocking Correctional Facility in Nelsonville in southeast Ohio on Monday.

He and his wife, Sharen Gravelle, served two years on child abuse and endangering convictions. Sharen Gravelle was released on Wednesday.

Both must serve three years of probation.

The Gravelles lost custody of the children in 2006. They said they used wire and wood enclosures at their home in Norwalk in northern Ohio to protect children they said acted up and were destructive

The case led the state to increase oversight when multiple special-needs children are living in one home.

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