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Aug 21, 2014 8:52 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today in St. Lawrence County, New York for a woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting two Amish girls and sexually assaulting them.

The lawyer for 25-year-old Nicole Vaisey says she's the victim of an abusive relationship with co-defendant 39-year-old Stephen Howells Jr.

The lawyer says Vaisey "was in a master-slave relationship with Howells."

Howells has waived his right to a similar hearing and his case will go straight to a grand jury.

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