Detective: Accused Kidnappers Were On "Shopping Trip"
One of two suspects charged in the abduction of two Amish sisters told investigators they were on "a shopping trip and they wanted to make the girls their slaves."
Bigwarfe described how Vaisey told him Howells used a Doberman - Golden Retriever puppy named "Kaleidoscope" inside the couple's car to lure the girls. The younger girl leaned into the car but the older girl hung back; Howells pushed the two girls into the car as they screamed.
Bigwarfe said Vaisey told him the sisters were "handcuffed together at the ankles and handcuffed to the bedpost because they were scared they were going to go out the window and flee the house."
Vaisey was ordered held without bail. She appeared to be wearing a protective vest when she was brought in and taken from court.
Her lawyer, Brad Riendeau, argued bail should be set because she is not a flight risk and would be at a relative's home.
Riendeau contends Vaisey was a "slave" to Howells.
The 25 year old Vaisey and 39 year old Howells were initially charged with first degree kidnapping, but the charge Thursday was set at second degree kidnapping, which means the girls would not have to testify.
The girls were dropped off about 24 hours after they were kidnapped.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Watertown, NY
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