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DA says Amish girls were sexually abused

Picture of couple charged with girls' kidnapping from Facebook.


A prosecutor says two young Amish sisters were sexually abused after they were abducted from a roadside farm stand in northern New York.


St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain disclosed the alleged abuse Saturday - a day after a couple was charged with first-degree kidnapping in the case.


The county's sheriff says Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey were prowling for easy targets and may have planned to abduct other children.


The 7-year-old and 12-year-old sisters were abducted Wednesday in Oswegatchie and were set free by their captors Thursday.


The Associated Press generally does not identify people who may be victims of sexual abuse.


A lawyer for Vaisey says they're reviewing the evidence. There was no answer at the law office representing Howells.

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