Judge: Charges Stand in Caged Kids Trial

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) - A judge has rejected a request that he dismiss the charges against the northern Ohio couple accused of making some of their eleven adopted children sleep in cages.

Instead, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Earl McGimpsey told the defense to begin presenting its case at Michael and Sharen Gravelle's trial.

The prosecution rested earlier.

Also today, both sides agreed to have a summarized portion of Sharen Gravelle's testimony from an earlier juvenile court custody hearing read to the jury.

In the testimony, she acknowledged that she and her husband build their wood and wire enclosures four years ago.

The Gravelles say they were necessary to keep their special needs children safe. They deny abusing the kids.