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'Caged kids' parents selling their home

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) - A husband and wife convicted of keeping some of their 11 adopted, special-needs children in cages have put their house up for sale to pay legal bills, a family attorney said.

Michael and Sharen Gravelle recently put the property on the market to pay for an appeal of their convictions, according to Ken Myers.

Nancy Klein, the real estate agent handling the listing, said the asking price was $279,900.

The Gravelles bought the property - three acres and a home built in 1940 - in 1993 for $60,000, according to records from the Huron County auditor's office. Records in the auditor's office indicate the property is worth $136,700.

The home is in Wakeman, about 60 miles west of Cleveland.

Michael and Sharen Gravelle were each convicted of four child endangering felonies and seven first-degree misdemeanors of child endangering and child abuse. Their sentencing is set for Feb. 12. Each felony carries a possible five-year prison sentence.

Richard Drucker, Michael Gravelle's trial attorney, said the wood and chicken wire cages have been dismantled.

The children were placed in foster homes.

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