April 26, 2017
In 2005, authorities removed 11 children ranging from ages 1-14 from the home of Michael and Sharen Gravelle. When law enforcement entered the home, they say they discovered multiple stacked cages surrounded by chicken wire where most of the children were forced to spend time.
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In the video above, Dick Sutherland, who was the Sheriff of Huron County in 2005 and one of the first responders to the Gravelle home, describes what else he says he encountered upon entering the home that day.
“The first thing that hit me going into the Gravelle residence was the odor of urine, and it got worse as you got farther into the house,” Sutherland recalls. “You get upstairs where the cages were and it was just, you cannot imagine.”
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Dr. Phil tells Sutherland that throughout the year, the Dr. Phil show has been featuring a series called Behind the Badge to remind people that there are real human beings that wear the badge and that stand in the gap between people and bad elements in society. “When you walked through that door and saw these children, you weren’t a cop, you weren’t a Sheriff; you were a father, and a man and a human being. And this touched you a lot, did it not?” Dr. Phil asks.