Roane County couple charged after child’s remains discovered buried in back yard

A Roane County couple has been charged in the abuse of four children after the skeletal remains of a young girl were discovered buried in their back yard.

Authorities also found one of the surviving children, a boy approximately 15 years old, in the unfinished basement of the family home, where he apparently had been confined for several years, according to arrest warrants.

Michael Anthony Gray Sr., 63, and his wife, Shirley Ann Gray, 60, appeared at an arraignment via video conference Tuesday to face two counts of aggravated child abuse, two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, three counts of aggravated child neglect and one count of abuse of a corpse.

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