Couple Allegedly Sexually Abused Two Amish Girls, Planned To Abduct More

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An upstate New York couple who allegedly coerced two Amish sisters into their car and sexually abused them on Wednesday had a plot to abduct more children, police say.

Stephen Howells, 29, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, allegedly sexually abused two Amish sisters who they picked up at a roadside food stand in Oswegatchie, the New York Daily News reported. Police say the couple had visited the stand before and Fannie and Delila Miller, ages 12 and 6, recognized them.

One day after the sisters were taken they escaped their captors and showed up on the porch of a home 15 miles from where they were abducted. They were reportedly wet, barefoot, hungry and cold.

The couple, who lived about 13 miles from the Amish family, was arrested Friday after they turned themselves in for questioning. 

During a news conference Saturday, authorities say the couple planned to abduct more kids.

"The motive was to victimize children," St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells told reporters. "The girls have been victims of crimes. That's the only detail we'll give.”

The couple is being held without bail in St. Lawrence County.

Sources: New York Daily News, Daily Mail

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