Couple Charged With Kidnapping 2 Amish Sisters
Police suspect they were planning to go after more victims
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2014 6:03 AM CDT
Updated Aug 16, 2014 11:45 AM CDT
These images provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office show the booking photos of Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey.   (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff)

(Newser) – Police say they've caught the abductors of two young Amish sisters in northern New York, reports AP. Stephen Howells, 39, and girlfriend Nicole Vaisey, 25, are charged with kidnapping, and St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said today there was a "definite potential" that the couple would have gone after more girls had they not been caught. "There was a lot of thought process that went into this," he said. Authorities say the pair abducted the 7- and 12-year-old girls from a roadside farm stand on Wednesday evening and held them 24 hours at the couple's home about 15 miles away.

"The girls have been victims of crimes," said Wells, as quoted in the Daily News. "That's the only detail we'll give." The girls were set free the following day and turned up at a nearby home in Richville, cold, wet, and hungry. "The girls were strong," said the sheriff, adding that they helped police track down the suspects. He declined to give specifics when asked whether one or both suspects set the girls free. Howells works as a registered nurse at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, reports the Syracuse Post-Standard, while Vaisey is a dog groomer. "My whole family is trying to make sense of it," Vaisey's aunt tells the newspaper.

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As G
Aug 16, 2014 9:04 PM CDT
Um... Is Amish a tradition?
NorCalHal
Aug 16, 2014 7:03 PM CDT
I have recently wondered WHAT the background checks and qualification tests are for all the "nurses" and other medical assistants that are assuming an ever increasing role in the medical field. I fear this may be a new area of abuse, especially when medical clinics and hospitals start cutting back on expenses to survive under ACA.
K.C.
Aug 16, 2014 5:22 PM CDT
I don't find anywhere in the article the reason these two people did that. Until one is proven, I think we are supposed to do the official thing and assume the parties are innocent until proven guilty. Or at least they were motivated by a twisted idea of rescuing people.