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11 children get $2 million after parents forced them to sleep in cage

By Mason White 1:43 PM March 4, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
Eleven children will share $2 million after receiving compensation for being forced to sleep in a cage, prosecutors in Ohio said.

The children were between 1 and 14 years old, when authorities removed them from their home.

Their adoptive parents, Michael and Sharen Gravelle, were jailed for two years after being charged with child abuse. The parents said that they used cages because their children were destroying the house.

Last August, a new father was seen proudly holding his newborn son, but a few days later, he was arrested for biting his baby.

The father has been accused of abusing his 11-day-old son Mattix, while he was in the intensive care unit of a hospital.

Matthew Wayne Strawn, 21, of Virginia, was ordered to stay away from his wife and baby. His wife, Allie Samantha Strawn, 20, did not follow the order and took the baby to see her husband, and she even left the baby alone in his care.

During one of the visits, the father allegedly broke his child’s ribs claiming that he mistakenly hit the baby too hard while helping the child burp.

Strawn, was found guilty in a Virginia court of biting and abusing his son. His wife, Allie Strawn, was convicted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.