Daughter Unhappy With Plea Deal in Forced Abortion-Kidnapping Case

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 10, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 10,
2007

Portland, ME (LifeNews.com) — The young woman who was a victim in a kidnapping case that saw her parents try to force her to have an abortion is unhappy they have struck a plea deal. This is the first time that 20-year-old Katelyn Kampf has spoken publicly about the ordeal, which made national headlines in September 2006.

Nicholas and Lola Kampf are accused of kidnapping Katelyn and taking her to New York and force her to have an abortion. They supposedly tied her hands and feet and put her in the back of their car.

Their daughter, who they had allegedly tied up initially at gunpoint, was able to flee after using the restroom and grabbed her parents cell phone to alert police.

They were arrested in a New Hampshire shopping center September 15 on their way to New York in an attempt to take Katelyn to a state with more lenient abortion laws in order to order her to have a later-term abortion.

The Kampfs have been charged with kidnapping, assaulting and terrorizing their daughter. They are expected to enter a plea deal this week.

Katelyn made her feelings known in an interview with WMTW-TV in Portland and said she thinks her parents are getting off too easy.

"I feel pretty unsatisfied with the way my parents’ case is being handled," she said.

Under the terms of the plea deal, the Kampfs will only plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct and the felony kidnapping charge will be dropped.

Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson said Katelyn was involved in the plea deal and this is the first she is aware that Katelyn is unhappy with it.

Katelyn said she discussed it with Anderson.

"I was really upset, and I just told her, ‘If that’s all they’re going to get out of it, I don’t care. Do whatever you want with it.’"

The young woman also talked about what happened that day she was abducted.

"I did end up making a run for it," Katelyn Kampf said about how she tried to flee her parents. "At one point, I ran out of the house. My father chased me down our driveway and tackled me, and I had grass stains all over, and I was screaming for help."

She also told WMTW that her mother made it clear she wanted to kill Katelyn’s six-month-old unborn child at some point.

At one point, she (Lola Kampf) said something about making me have the baby and then killing it, and she would do whatever necessary to make sure the baby never came into the world," she said.

She told the television station she will never see her parents again and they will never see her son, who survived the ordeal and was never a victim of abortion.

"I don’t think I could ever face them again. Just knowing. I mean some of the things they said just replay in my mind all the time. My mom spit in my face twice. She told me she wished she’d never had me, that I was the biggest mistake of her life," she said.

The Kampfs have moved to Florida and Nicholas, who is from Africa, could face deportation.