A 6-year-old Missouri boy suffered through an emotional four-hour staged kidnapping by his own family because they thought he was being too nice to people he didn’t know, according to police.
The press release states, “Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong.”
According to KMBC, the four people involved in the alleged staged kidnapping plot include the boy’s mother, Elizabeth Hupp, grandmother, Rose Brewer, aunt, Denise Kroutil, and they engaged the help of Nathan Firoved, who worked with Kroutil at a gas station.
All four have been charged with kidnapping and other felonies, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
During the young boy’s ordeal, he was lured Monday into a pickup after getting off the school bus, tied up, threatened with a gun, taken to a basement where his pants were removed, and told that he could be sold into sex slavery, according to police.
While in the truck, the boy was told he would never “see his mommy again,” and he would be “nailed to the wall of a shed,” authorities said.
When the boy started to cry, one of the accused showed the child a gun and said he would be harmed if he didn’t stop bawling.
Police said, Firoved used plastic bags to tie the child’s hands and feet. He took his jacket and covered the boy’s head so he couldn’t see.
The child was guided into the basement of the mother’s home, where his 38-year-old aunt took off the boy’s pants.
“The victim remained in the basement for some time before he was unbound and told to go upstairs, where the victim’s family lectured him about stranger danger,” the statement said.
The suspects used cellphones throughout the incident to keep in contact with each other, police said.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Police were alerted Wednesday, after the boy told school officials of the ordeal.
The school contacted the Division of Family Services.
Police seized two handguns from Firoved’s truck.
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