Former Amish Couple Who Allegedly 'Gifted' Daughter, 14, to Man for Helping Them Will Stand Trial
A former Amish couple in Pennsylvania Dutch country will face trial over charges they "gifted" their daughter to a man who allegedly took her as his wife and sexual partner while she was underage.
Police say Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus from Lancaster County admitted last month that they gave the girl to Lee Kaplan to show their gratitude for helping them out of financial ruin.
The girl was 14 at the time of the alleged transaction.
However, in a Bucks County Court on Tuesday, attorneys for the couple and Kaplan objected to the definition of "gifting" as used by detectives from the Lower Southampton Township Police Department, where authorities said Kaplan was arrested with 12 girls that ranged in age from 6 months to 18-years-old living in his home.
An attorney for Mrs. Stoltzfus told InsideEdition.com that the couple gave up their daughter believing that Kaplan would wait to have sex with her until she turned 18.
"No police officer in this case bothered to find out what [the couple] meant by the term "give," attorney Craig Penglase said.
What's more, Penglase said that, per the girl's testimony on Tuesday, her parents did not know of her first pregnancy until the day she gave birth.
District Judge John Waltman told the couple Tuesday that the case will proceed as an Amish contingent present in court observing the proceedings, according to Fox 43.
Two of the children — a 6-month-old and a 3-year-old — were his with their 18-year-old mother.
The rest of the children in the home were the Stoltzfus', according to Bucks County DA David Heckler.
Daniel Stoltzfus has been charged with felony conspiracy and child endangerment charges. Savilla Stoltzfus is facing a felony child endangerment charge.
Kaplan faces statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, and corruption of a minor and unlawful endangerment.
Their arraignment was set for Sept. 2.