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A six-year-old Missouri boy’s mother, grandmother and aunt are accused of staging a kidnapping, then holding the child for four hours to teach him about stranger danger.
They hatched the plot to scare the boy because they said he was “too nice” to people, police said.
The boy’s mother, Elizabeth Hupp; grandmother, Rose Brewer; and aunt, Denise Kroutil, engaged the help of Nathan Firoved, who worked with Kroutil at a gas station.
Firoved waited for the boy to get off his bus after school, then lured the child into his pickup truck, police say.
While in the truck, Firoved, 23, told the boy he would never “see his mommy again,” and he would be “nailed to the wall of a shed,” police said.
As the boy started to cry, Firoved showed him a handgun and told the child if he didn’t stop crying he would hurt him, authorities said.
Firoved continued driving the boy around in his truck, then because he would not stop crying, Firoved bound the boy’s hands and feet with plastic bags and covered his face with an adult-sized jacket so he couldn’t see, police said.
Later, Firoved took the boy – still blindfolded – to the basement of his own home and left him there, authorities said. The boy’s aunt, Kroutil, removed his pants and told him he could be sold into “sex slavery.” She also chastised him because he did not try to resist her. He did not recognise her voice.
The child was kept in the basement for an undetermined amount of time before he was untied and told to go upstairs. There his family lectured him about stranger danger, police said.
Firoved; Brewer, 58; and Kroutil, 38, were charged Thursday with felony kidnapping, felonious restraint, and abuse or neglect of a child. Hupp, 25, was charged with felony kidnapping and abuse or neglect of a child.
During the entire event, the four remained in contact by cellphone as they terrorised the boy, police said.
Police were alerted Wednesday, after the boy told school officials. He was unsure of the exact day the kidnapping happened. The school contacted the Division of Family Services.
Police seized two handguns from Firoved’s truck.
Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the boy and felt they did nothing wrong.
The child was placed into protective custody. Police said they have been unable to locate the boy’s father.
All four were being held in the Lincoln County Jail on US$250,000 bail.
The Sydney Morning Herald