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Police: Couple wanted 2 Amish girls for slaves


By MICHAEL VIRTANEN

FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York couple kidnapped two Amish sisters from their family farm stand and planned to turn them into slaves, but released them after becoming frightened by news reports, an investigator said.

St. Lawrence County Sherriff's Sgt. Brooks Bigwarfe said Thursday that Nicole Vaisey admitted she and her boyfriend, Stephen Howells Jr., lured the 7-year-old and 12-year-old sisters to their car with an offer to pet a dog and then Howells shoved them in.

Bigwarfe said she told him they shackled the girls and intended to turn them into slaves, but released them about 24 hours later after hearing news reports of the kidnapping.

District Attorney Mary Rain said the children were sexually abused by the "sexual predators."

Fowler Justice Paul Lamson ruled Thursday there's reasonable cause to believe Vaisey committed felony kidnapping. He ordered her held without bail.

Howells, who also is jailed, waived his right to a hearing.

Defense attorney Bradford Riendeau said Vaisey was Howells' slave.

"She was in a master-slave relationship," Riendeau said. "I believe she's not as culpable as he is."

The girls' kidnappings touched off a massive search in the Amish family's remote farming community. Searchers scoured the community of about 4,000 people but were hampered by a lack of photos of the girls.

The Amish typically avoid modern technology, and the family had to work with an artist who spoke their language, a German dialect known as Pennsylvania Dutch, to produce a sketch of the older girl.

The parents, who have 14 children, did not express anger toward the suspects.

The girls' father said Thursday at his farm that they seemed to be doing well.

The family's farm stand was open again.

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Mark August 22 2014 at 8:15 AM

All this that the girls, there parents and siblings and neighbors had to endure...and yet there was no uprising by the Amish community resulting in buggies being set on fire, looting of barns, and Molotov cocktails thrown at police who were on site to serve and protect. Go figure.

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bps163 August 22 2014 at 7:50 AM

Both of them should be Bumper dragged for a 100 miles.

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ricks1951f1 August 22 2014 at 8:10 AM

The only cure for their sickness is death

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hello August 22 2014 at 8:12 AM

OMG!! Thank god these girls were found, I cant even begin to imagine the suffering these little girls had to go through and the suffering they would have had to live through if they were not found. Now, stop with all the Liberal bull **** and put these animals down.

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Sukeycat August 22 2014 at 8:25 AM

Big Bubba and the boys will take care of Stephen Howells in prison....Big Burtha and the girls will take care of Nicole Vaisey........Have fun Bubba, Burtha & the boys & girls.....Make these two the Bells of the Ball.....These perverts deverve it.....

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wolfen06 August 22 2014 at 8:15 AM

People like this should just be terminated, and never walk the earth again. Period>

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jijjhnsn wolfen06 August 22 2014 at 12:13 PM

Don't be surprised the law will let them out in a few years to do same thing again. And the wheel of justice keep revolving to keep the police lawyers and judges gainfully employed.

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jmtaney jijjhnsn August 22 2014 at 10:57 PM

Your right! With so many liberal judges on the bench today, I wouldn't be surprised about anything especially with the world we live in today!

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Abul August 22 2014 at 8:15 AM

Please do not waste our tax money on these two. Get rid of them ASAP.

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moebrit August 22 2014 at 8:37 AM

I am horrified by what these animals did to those little girls, I hope thyey are locked up for the rest of their miserable lives, perhaps with prisoners who hate child molesters!

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njenel August 22 2014 at 8:08 AM

a jail sentence is a waste of time and money.

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Camp Bulldog August 22 2014 at 8:08 AM

45 years without parole...should do it...

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