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Tennessee couple who buried adopted child's body on their property and kept kids in cages plead not guilty

Added 10-26-20 06:25:02pm EST - “A Tennessee couple who were arrested after authorities found not one but two children's skeletons buried on their property pleaded not guilty on Monday to numerous charges, ranging from abuse to murder, regarding their adopted kids.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Tennessee couple who buried adopted child’s body on their property and kept kids in cages plead not guilty”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Tennessee couple who were arrested after authorities found not one but two children’s skeletons buried on their property pleaded not guilty on Monday to numerous charges, ranging from abuse to murder, regarding their adopted kids.

Michael Gray Sr., 63, and Shirley Gray, 60, were arraigned on the 42-count indictment handed down last week by a Roane County grand jury, the Associated Press reported.

They had been arrested in May after a passerby called 911 upon seeing a little boy walking alone on the side of the road in Roane County. Further searching revealed a 10-year-old girl’s skeletal remains. Still others, it turned out, had been kept in cages and locked in the basement.

After the girl died, the pair did not notify authorities but continued cashing state benefit checks, AP said.

According to one legislator, they allegedly raked in $36,000 a year from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, WBIR-TV reported in June, citing State Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston). The five adopted kids were locked in the basement and starved. Two died.

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