Couple Used Dog to Lure 2 Amish Girls
By MICHAEL VIRTANEN
August 19, 2014
FOWLER, NY (AP) — A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.
Nicole Vaisey admitted she and her boyfriend, Stephen Howells Jr., got the girls to their car with an offer to pet the dog and he shoved the 7 year old and 12 year old sisters in, St. Lawrence County Sherriff's Sgt. Brooks Bigwarfe said.
Bigwarfe said she told him they shackled the girls and intended to turn them into slaves. He said they released the girls about 24 hours later, frightened by news reports.
Fowler Justice Paul Lamson ruled Thursday there's reasonable cause to believe Vaisey committed felony kidnapping. He ordered her held without bail.
District Attorney Mary Rain, said the children were sexually abused by the, "sexual predators."
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."
Howells, who also is jailed, waived his right to a hearing.
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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Father of Abducted Amish Girls Sorry for Suspects
August 18, 2014
OSWEGATCHIE, NY (AP) — The father of two Amish girls abducted in northern New York last week said he feels sorry for the two people accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing his daughters.
The parents of the 7 and 12 year old sisters spoke to the Johnson Newspapers at their home in Oswegathcie on Sunday, two days after Stephen Howells, Jr. and Nicole Vaisey, were charged with kidnapping with the intent to physically or sexually abuse the girls.
"It's sad," the 44 year old father said. "They must have ruined their whole life."
The Associated Press is not naming the family members because it generally does not identify victims of sexual abuse.
The sisters were abducted Wednesday from a farm stand in front of the family's home near the Canadian border. They were set free by their captors about 24 hours later and turned up safe at the door of a house 15 miles from where they were taken.
Howells and Vaisey were arrested Friday. Authorities say the couple sexually abused the girls before letting them go. St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says additional charges are likely this week.
Lawyers for the suspects could not be reached by phone on Monday, but Vaisey's lawyer, Bradford Riendeau, told The New York Times that she was in an abusive relationship with Howells.
The Amish couple, who have 14 children, did not express any anger toward the suspects.
A 19 year old sister told the newspaper group, which includes the Watertown Daily Times, that her younger siblings were not speaking much about their ordeal. The mother says she is grateful to have her girls back home, but daily life has not yet returned to normal.
"We feel relieved we have them," the mother said. "It's still not like it was."
'Abducted' Amish Girls Found Miles From Home
The girls - aged 17 and 12 - are found 24 hours after disappearing from the family's roadside farm stand 7:45am UK
August 15, 2014
Two missing Amish sisters have turned up safe about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted.
Delila and Fannie Miller, aged 7 and 12, were found at a home 36 miles from their family's roadside farm stand in northern New York, authorities said.
The two knocked on the door of the house in Richville seeking help.
The girls were reported missing around 7 pm local time on Wednesday after a white car pulled up at the family's roadside farm stand in Oswegatchie.
A witness told police that a passenger in a white four door sedan put something into the back seat, and when the car drove off both girls were gone.
A state wide Amber Alert was issued to seek the public's assistance but the hunt was restricted by the lack of photographs of the girls.
About 200 people attended a prayer vigil at a local church shortly before the pair were returned.
St Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said the girls were found cold and wet, but otherwise unharmed.
There were no immediate details of whether the girls had actually been abducted or if there were any suspects being sought over the disappearance.
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These images provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of Stephen Howells II, left, and Nicole Vaisey, who was arraigned late Friday, August 15, 2014, on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand
3rd photo - A pair of investigators walk on the property of Stephen Howells II and Nicole F. Vaisey, in Hermon, NY, Saturday, August 16, 2014. (Associated Press)
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Re: Couple Used Dog to Lure 2 Amish Girls
Sick ass people!!! She is claiming a '50 shades of Grey' defense?!?!