- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 19, 2006

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — A Maine couple accused of tying up their 19-year-old daughter, throwing her into their car and driving her out of state to get an abortion were upset because the baby’s father is black, a Maine sheriff said yesterday.

Katelyn Kampf, who is white, told Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion that her mother “was pretty irate at the fact that the child’s father was black, and she had made a number of disparaging remarks about that,” he said.

Miss Kampf escaped Friday at a Salem shopping center and called police, who arrested her parents, Nicholas Kampf, 54, and Lola, 53, both real estate developers from North Yarmouth.

The Kampfs apparently were taking their daughter to New York to try to force her to get an abortion there, police said.

The parents were arraigned Monday on kidnapping charges. The judge set bail at $100,000 each and ordered the Kampfs to have no contact with their daughter.

If convicted of kidnapping, the Kampfs face 7 to 15 years in prison. Sheriff Dion said he expects to bring charges in Maine, too.

Salem Police prosecutor Ryan McFarland said in court Monday that the Kampfs had their passports, rope, a rifle and ammunition in the car. He argued that they posed a danger if released and could flee the country.

Sheriff Dion said Miss Kampf told him that her parents got upset when she called them Thursday night and told them that she was pregnant. The Kampfs had met her boyfriend before and been friendly, but the pregnancy apparently “changed the dynamic,” he said.

Miss Kampf said her mother “kept referring to the baby as a thing, as ‘it,’ and there were other comments made,” he said.

They invited Miss Kampf, who was living in Portland with her boyfriend’s mother, Peggy Johnson, to come to their house Friday morning. Sheriff Dion would not say whether the Kampfs were prepared to abduct their daughter when she arrived.

In a court affidavit, Salem Police Officer Sean Marino wrote that Miss Kampf told him that her parents “chased her out into the yard, grabbed and tied her hands and feet together.” Her father carried her to the car, he wrote, and they headed to New Hampshire.

Miss Kampf escaped from her parents in Salem after persuading them to untie her so she could use a department store bathroom. After her father went into the men’s room, she used a cell phone she had swiped from her father to call for help, then ran to a nearby office-supply store, where police found “a hysterical female hiding in the back of the store,” according to the affidavit.

The boyfriend, 22-year-old Reme Johnson, last week began serving a six-month sentence for theft at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, Maine. He also has previous felony convictions for burglary and receiving stolen property, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Authorities in Maine said the parents apparently thought that, in light of their daughter’s stage of pregnancy and the different abortion laws in each state, the abortion should be performed in New York.



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