Sheriff: Pair may have plotted to kidnap more kids

Authorities say a New York couple arrested in the kidnapping of two young Amish sisters may have also planned to abduct other children.

These images provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of Stephen Howells II, left, and Nicole Vaisey, who was arraigned late Friday Aug. 15, 2014 on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand. (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff)

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say a New York couple arrested in the kidnapping of two young Amish sisters may have also planned to abduct other children.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said Saturday that "there was the definite potential" of additional victims besides the 7-year-old and 12-year-old, who were returned to their family late Thursday.

Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey, both of Hermon, were arrested Friday. Each was charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping with the intent to physically harm or sexually abuse the girls.

Wells says additional charges may be filed.

The sisters were abducted Wednesday from their roadside farm stand in Oswegatchie.

Wells says the motive was "to take these girls from their home and victimize these girls."

Both suspects are being held without bail.


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