Thursday, 4:30 PM
Lawyer: Maine couple did not kidnap daughter
By Adrienne P. Samuels, Globe Staff
SALEM, N.H. -- The lawyer for a Maine couple accused of abducting their own daughter to take her for an abortion said in court today that no kidnapping happened in New Hampshire and urged the judge to set a lower bail.
Nicolas Kampf, 54, and Lola Kampf, 53, were arrested Friday at a strip mall in Salem after their 19-year-old daughter Katelyn called police and said she had escaped from being tied up and gagged. Police say that the Kampfs were dismayed that Katelyn dropped out of school and was pregnant by a boyfriend who is now in jail, and that they put her in the family Lexus and were driving her from North Yarmouth, Maine, to have an abortion in Massachusetts or New York.
The parents were held over the weekend on $100,000 cash bail each on kidnapping charges.
At their arraignment this afternoon, prosecutors asked for bail to be increase to $500,000 cash each. But lawyer Mark Sisti sought bail at $25,000 each, saying the Kampfs were not a risk to flee.
Sisti also said that no kidnapping had happened in New Hampshire, though he said he didn't know what happened in Maine. He also said that there was nothing illegal about having duct tape, rope, and a gun in their car.