Charges: Couple took, intended to hurt Amish girls

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Posted: Aug 16, 2014 10:30 AM

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Topics: Amish, kidnapping, charges, New York, roadside farm

ALBANY, N.Y. - A northern New York couple has been arraigned on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after kidnapping them from a roadside farm stand.

Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey of Hermon were each charged Friday with two counts of first-degree kidnapping.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says 39-year-old Howells and 25-year-old Vaisey were jailed without bond.

The sisters, ages 7 and 12, vanished Wednesday night in Oswegatchie, touching off a massive search in the farming community near the Canadian border.

They turned up safe Thursday night at the door of a house 15 miles from where they were taken.

The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of alleged sexual abuse.

The suspects also live in the vicinity.

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