Lawyer Defends Amish Mom Accused of Giving 14-Year-Old Daughter to Man: This Is About ‘Difference in Culture’

PENNSYLVANIA
People Magazine

Harriet Sokmensuer | August 4, 2016

The attorney for Savilla Stoltzfus, the Pennsylvania woman charged with endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly “gifting” her then-14-year-old daughter to a man who allegedly impregnated her twice, tells PEOPLE his client had good intentions and that “differences in culture is what this case is about.”

Stoltzfus and her husband, Daniel, who are Amish, promised their daughter’s hand in marriage to Lee Kaplan, 51, Savilla’s attorney, Craig Penglase, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Of such a practice, Penglase says, “That happens in cultures all over the world.”

“Lawyer Defends Amish Mom Accused of Giving 14-Year-Old Daughter to Man: This Is About ‘Difference in Culture'”

 

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