Mother accused of ‘gifting’ teen daughter to Lee Kaplan pleads guilty

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The mother and grandmother of the 11 girls found living in the Feasterville home of Lee Kaplan — many he considered to be his wives, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to the charges of child endangerment against her.

Savilla Stoltzfus, 43, entered her plea before Judge Jeffrey Finley in Doylestown. She and her husband, Daniel Stoltzfus, are accused of “gifting” their then 14-year-old daughter to Kaplan, who was helping them “transition from the Amish lifestyle.”

Stoltzfus was also considered a wife by Lee Kaplan, along with several of her daughters, prosecutors said at the hearing.


Her husband “gave” her to Kaplan after their oldest daughter had a child by Kaplan. Savilla Stoltzfus and nine of her daughters lived with Kaplan for three to four years. The oldest later had a second child with Kaplan.

Stoltzfus told prosecutors that Kaplan was the family’s teacher and would have conversations that “helped define their sense of purpose as women” and teach the girls “what it meant to be women,” said Kate Kohler, an assistant district attorney.

Stoltzfus said she had a feeling Kaplan was having sexual relations with her daughters and had input about giving their oldest to him, but that the final decision had been her husband’s.





Within about a year, she and the other daughters had all moved into Kaplan’s home. “Savilla’s definition of a wife is to listen to and follow her husband and bear his children,” Kohler said.

Kaplan and Daniel Stoltzfus were set to appear before Finley later Thursday morning. A trial is set for May. Savilla Stoltzfus’s sentencing will occur after the trial.

This story will be updated.
























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