Charges: US couple intended to injure or abuse 2 girls after kidnapping from farm stand

George M. Walsh / The Associated Press
August 15, 2014 07:54 PM

An Amish family rides along Route 812 in Heuvelton, N.Y., near the command center at the Heuvelton Volunteer Fire Department, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The investigation continues into the abduction and return of two young Amish sisters who were selling vegetables at their family’s roadside stand in Oswegatchie, N.Y. Fannie and Delila were taken from the stand early Wednesday evening and turned up unharmed the next day at a home in Richville, N.Y., about 15 miles away. Taking care to not compromise a potential prosecution, authorities weren't releasing any details about what happened to the girls during their daylong disappearance. (AP Photo/Watertown Daily Times, Jason Hunter) SYRACUSE OUT

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

Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey 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 (24 kilometres) from where they were taken.

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


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