Invisible Children

12 Children by Lee Kaplan

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

lee kaplan david and savilla stoltzfus
In 2012, a 14-year-old girl was sold to Lee Kaplan (pictured left) by her parents, Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus (pictured center and right), in exchange for financial assistance. Kaplan sexually abused the girl and she gave birth to two daughters. The girl and her nine younger sisters (born between 1999 and 2013) lived with Kaplan and Savilla Stoltzfus and were apparently homeschooled; “musical instruments and homework were found in the basement.” It is unknown at this time whether the girl’s sisters were abused by Kaplan.

The Stoltzfuses were former members of the Amish community. The girl’s children were born at home and there is no evidence she, her sisters, or her children ever received medical care. They also had no identifying documents. The abuse came to light in 2016 when a neighbor called police about her concerns that the girls were rarely allowed outside. Kaplan was charged with sexual assault and Daniel Stoltzfus was charged with conspiracy. Both Stoltzfuses were charged with child endangerment.

Date: June 17, 2016
Feasterville, Pennsylvania


Documents: Date:
12 Girls Found In Eastern Pennsylvania Home; Man Charged With Sex Assault 06-17-2016
Man charged after 12 girls found in his house in Pennsylvania 06-19-2016
Man charged after 12 girls found in his home; couple says girls are theirs 06-20-2016
Teen ‘gifted’ to Bucks man gives quiet testimony 08-03-2016