Amish Father Feels Sorry For Daughters’ Captors

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“It’s sad,” the 44-year-old father said. “They must have ruined their whole life.”

The father of the two Amish girls abducted in New York state last week said he feels sorry for the two people authorities say kidnapped and sexually abused his daughters.

The sisters were abducted Wednesday from a farm stand in front of the family’s home near the Canadian border. They were set free about 24 hours later and turned up safe at the door of a house 15 miles from where they were taken.

The parents spoke to newspapers at their home in Oswegatchie on Sunday, two days after Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey were charged with kidnapping with the intent to physically or sexually abuse the girls.

Howells and Vaisey were arrested Friday.

The mother said that she is grateful to have her girls back home, but that daily life has not yet returned to normal.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said that it will take time to go through the information and there has been no decision to file additional charges ahead of a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday.