OSWEGATCHIE, N.Y. (AP) — The father of two Amish girls abducted in northern New York last week says he feels sorry for the two people accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing his daughters.
The parents of the 7- and 12-year-old sisters spoke to the Johnson Newspapers (http://bit.ly/1pW5hFs ) at their home in Oswegathcie (ahs-wee-GAH'-chee) 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.
The Associated Press is not naming the family members because it generally does not identify victims of sexual abuse.
The father says it's sad that the two suspects "must have ruined their whole life." The mother says she is grateful to have her girls back home, but daily life has not yet returned to normal.