Amish in disbelief over parents accused of ‘gifting’ girl

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This photo provided by the Lower Southampton Police Department shows Lee Kaplan. Officials acting on a tip Thursday, June 16, 2016, found the 51-year-old Kaplan at his Feasterville, Pa., home, along with 12 girls ranging in age from six months to 18 years. Kaplan’s charged with aggravated indecent assault. The girl’s father, Daniel Stoltzfus, is […]

KIRKWOOD, Pa. (AP) – The case of a formerly Amish couple charged with giving their 14-year-old daughter to a Philadelphia-area man after he helped them out financially has sent shock waves through the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country.Related Content: Police: Pennsylvania couple gave daughter to man as thanks

Amish neighbors have been speaking of little else as they ponder how two of their own could have fallen so far.

Daniel and Savilla Stolzfus are charged with child endangerment after police found a dozen girls living with Lee Kaplan of Feasterville. Daniel Stolzfus told police he and his wife “gave” their 14-year-old daughter to Kaplan after he helped them out financially. Kaplan faces sexual assault charges.

All three defendants are locked up on $1 million bail. On Friday, a judge rejected the woman’s request for a bail reduction.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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