CANTON, OH — A Northeast Ohio county reached a $2 million settlement with children who were found kept in cages in 2005.
The eleven children were found in the Huron County home of Michael and Sharon Gravelle.
The lawsuit argued that Stark County should have known that the Gravelles were not fit to be parents.
Three of the children were placed out of Stark County. The county agreed to pay $100,000; insurance picked up the majority of the rest.
Huron County agreed to a $1.2 million payment. That payment has helped two of the children to attend college and will help the rest with college and other financial needs.
The lead lawyer representing the children said the legal action is all about taking care of the kids.
“Cases like this are brought for the benefit of the children to make them whole under the law,” said Jack Landskroner, “but the reality is this is money that will be put to great use by these children and already has.”
There are other settlements associated with this case; this is the last of seven lawsuits.