FOWLER, N.Y. (PIX11/AP) — An investigator says a Hermon woman has admitted she and her boyfriend used a dog to lure two young Amish sisters from their family farm stand in northern New York with plans to turn them into slaves.
The sheriff’s sergeant says Nicole Vaisey, 25, and Stephen Howells Jr., 39, released the girls after getting scared over the media coverage of their abduction.
The sisters disappeared while waiting at a roadside stand in Oswegatchie, a town of 4,400, waiting on a customer in a small white sedan.
24 hours later, the two sisters returned home safely, cold and wet but unharmed. They were found 13 miles from where they originally disappeared.
The sisters reportedly knocked on a stranger's door asking to be brought home.
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said the girls were sexually abused, and the county sheriff said Howells and Vaisey may have planned to abduct other children.
Howells and Vaisey were arrested in connection of the apparent abduction, and were being held without bail.