Family charged with kidnapping trusting six-year-old son 'to teach him a lesson'
A six-year-old boy in Missouri was allegedly kidnapped, bound and threatened with a gun by his family who was trying to “teach him a lesson” about being too friendly to strangers.
On his mother’s orders, the child was lured into a pickup truck by friend Nathan Firoved while walking home from school in Lincoln, Missouri on Monday. Once the trusting child was in the truck, he told him he would never "see his mommy again" and threatened with a gun.
When he cried out he was blindfolded and had his hands and feet were bound before he was unknowingly driven to his home.
His aunt then removed his trousers and told him he would be sold into slavery. She allegedly was upset that he did not try resisting her.
Deputies say the boy was left in the basement for some time before he was unbound and family members lectured him about stranger danger.
Firoved, 23, the boy's mother, Elizabeth Hupp, 25, grandmother, Rose Brewer, 58, and aunt, Denise Kroutil, 38, have been charged kidnapping and abuse and neglect of a child.
The incident was discovered when the boy reported it to an official at his school.
Police say when questioned they saw nothing wrong with the stunt, saying it was necessary as the boy was “too nice”.
The child is now in protective custody.