Mother, father, accused of ‘gifting’ teen daughter to Lee Kaplan enter guilty, no-contest pleas

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

Her husband pleaded no contest to a child-endangerment count.

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


Daniel Stoltzfus acknowledged that he gave Savilla Stoltzfus and two of his daughters to Kaplan to be his wives.

Savilla Stoltzfus and nine of her daughters lived with Kaplan for three to four years. The oldest had two children 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 left their Quarryville, Lancaster County, home and 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.

This story will be updated.





















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