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At Funeral for 4 Children, Family Gets Grim News

'The fifth child was reunited with the other four'

(Newser) - As the Hochstetler family held a funeral service Saturday for four children who died in a buggy accident three days earlier, Kentucky officials entered with grim news: The body of a fifth child had been found. "It was difficult for everybody, but there was also a sigh of relief... More »

4 Children Dead as Buggy Overturns in Flood Waters

Another Amish child missing after Wednesday accident in Kentucky

(Newser) - Four Amish children have been found dead and another remains missing after a horse and buggy overturned in flood waters in Kentucky on Wednesday. The carriage overturned shortly before 5pm as the children and their mother were attempting to cross a low-water bridge over a flooded stream in Bath County,... More »

Investigation Calls Sex Abuse 'Open Secret' Among Amish

But women are beginning to come forward

(Newser) - It is not the typical image that comes to mind in regard to bucolic Amish communities. But a story by Type Investigations and Cosmopolitan reports that sexual abuse, including incest, is an "open secret spanning generations" among the Amish. The investigation cites a slew of factors that lead to... More »

Country Doctor's Tiny Practice Sees Extremely Rare Illnesses

James DeLine serves a tiny community in Wisconsin, becomes genetic expert

(Newser) - James DeLine is the country doctor in the Wisconsin village of La Farge, which has a population of 750. The 65-year-old makes house calls with his medical bag and knows everybody by name, along with their medical histories. But the image of the quaint country doctor gets thrown for a... More »

Mennonite Carriage 'Literally Destroyed' in Missouri Crash

Boy killed, 4 seriously injured

(Newser) - A pickup truck slammed into a horse-drawn carriage in Missouri on Thursday, killing an 8-year-old Mennonite boy and seriously injuring four members of his family, including two other children, authorities say. The crash happened at around 6:45am in a remote area of St. Francois County, about 80 miles southwest... More »

Driver Charged in Wreck That Killed 3 Amish Children

Mich. police say Tyler Frye was intoxicated when he plowed into back of buggy in Michigan

(Newser) - A man is now charged in the deaths of three Amish children after Michigan police say he drove his truck into the back of their buggy , reports CNN . The driver, identified as Tyler Frye, has been charged on three counts of operating under the influence causing death, two counts of... More »

Pickup Hits Amish Carriage, Killing 2

Two other children were hospitalized

(Newser) - Authorities say a pickup truck rear-ended an Amish horse-drawn carriage in southern Michigan, killing two children and seriously injuring two others and a woman who were in the carriage, the AP reports. The state police say the two adults and five children who were in the carriage were ejected when... More »

Horse Manure Figures in Fight Over Religious Freedom

Two Amish men in rural Kentucky say a law requiring horse diapers is unfair

(Newser) - An unusual clash about religious freedom is playing out in the small city of Auburn, Kentucky: It's all about horse diapers, reports the Wall Street Journal . Two local Amish men have filed a lawsuit against the city, its mayor, and its police chief, accusing them of violating their ability... More »

Cops Raid Amish Party, Arrest 75 Teens

Undercover officer spotted underage drinking

(Newser) - Cops in Holmes County, Ohio, took the rum out of a lot of Rumspringas over the weekend with a huge raid on a party packed with Amish teens. Police say around 75 people were arrested for underage drinking after the raid on a field party Saturday night, the Daily Record... More »

Here's Why Amish Kids Don't Get Asthma as Often

They can probably thank the cows

(Newser) - You're probably less likely to see an Amish kid carrying around an inhaler, because they don't seem to get asthma as often as other kids—and researchers think it's due to the cows, Live Science reports. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine ... More »

Amish Man Runs Marathon Wearing Traditional Clothes

And he did pretty great to boot, English

(Newser) - An Amish man turned heads as he whizzed by fellow runners at a recent marathon—not because of his speed but because of his unusual racing attire. Leroy Stolzfus, 22, finished the 26.2-mile Harrisburg Marathon on Nov. 8 in just over three hours and five minutes, all while wearing... More »

Amish Girl's Forced Chemo Battle Is Over

Judge ends oversight in the case

(Newser) - A judge formally ended the court-ordered guardianship of an Amish girl who resisted a hospital's attempts to force her to resume chemotherapy, bringing a close to the fight that raised questions about the rights of parents in making medical decisions for their children. The judge's decision, announced Friday,... More »

Man Posing for Photos Along Lake Michigan Drowns

Earl Helmuth, an Amish man, did not know how to swim

(Newser) - On Saturday night a 24-year-old Indiana man posed for photos alongside the woman he was due to marry; it was the last thing the two would do together. Earl Helmuth was swept off a lighthouse pier in Michigan City, Ind., by a wave thought to be at least 7 feet... More »

Amish Plan 'Garage Raising' for Couple Who Returned Girls

Grateful family 'won't take no for an answer'

(Newser) - Jeffrey and Pamela Stinson don't need a barn, so the Amish community plans to hold a "garage raising" for the upstate New York couple who returned two young girls who had been kidnapped and sexually abused . The couple tell the Watertown Daily Times via the AP that the... More »

Cops: Couple Lured Amish Girls With Puppy

Vaisey, Howells 'planned to make girls their slaves'

(Newser) - The upstate New York couple accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing two Amish sisters planned to make the girls their slaves, police say. At a hearing yesterday, a police officer testified that Nicole Vaisey and Stephen Howells were on what they called a "shopping trip" when they seized the... More »

Captors Sexually Abused Amish Girls: DA

Nicole Vaisey's lawyer claims she was in abusive relationship

(Newser) - The two Amish girls kidnapped from a roadside farmstand in Upstate New York were sexually abused by their captors, St. Lawrence County DA Mary Rain confirms to the Syracuse Post-Standard . Stephen Howells, 39, and 25-year-old girlfriend Nicole Vaisey have each been charged with two counts of kidnapping; it's unclear... More »

Couple Charged With Kidnapping 2 Amish Sisters

Police suspect they were planning to go after more victims

(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... More »

Kidnapped Amish Girls Found 36 Miles From Home

Cops believe they were snatched from NY farm stand

(Newser) - Two Amish girls believed to have been abducted from their family's farm stand in northern New York state have been found alive a few dozen miles from where they were last seen. Delila Miller, 7, and her 12-year-old sister, Fannie, were dropped off in a town 36 miles from... More »

2 Amish Girls Missing, Believed Abducted

They were tending a roadside stand in upstate New York

(Newser) - Two Amish girls tending a roadside farm stand in upstate New York disappeared yesterday, and police think they were abducted, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . A witness says 7-year-old Delila Miller and 12-year-old Fannie Miller went to wait on a customer in a white sedan and were apparently forced... More »

Bizarre Sting: Male Cop Dresses as Amish Woman

Pennsylvania police try to trap sex predator

(Newser) - In what has to be among the weirdest police stings ever, a male cop in Pennsylvania dressed up like an Amish woman and tried to lure a sexual predator. Sgt. Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police Department explains that he walked up and down the town's streets over... More »

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