Skeletal Remains Found in Roane County, Two Charged

A mother and father are in custody after remains of a young girl were found buried near their home. Officials say she was abused and neglected for months. Michael and Shirley Gray appeared before a Roane County Judge via Skype Tuesday.

Our TV Partner WVLT News says neither showed emotion as the judge read the charges against them. Investigators say the couple abused at least one other child living in the home. Four kids between the ages of 10 and 15 lived in horrid conditions, confined to an unfinished basement.

The judge says the children were often disciplined for trying to steal food from the pantry…were forced to stay in the basement days, even weeks given just bread and water.

The couple were booked into the Roane County jail on a $500,000 bond. A Grand Jury hearing is scheduled in three weeks where more charges are likely.

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