Family members in Troy, Missouri plotted a fake kidnapping of a six-year-old boy to teach the child a lesson because he was “too nice” to strangers.
According to authorities, the boy’s aunt, Denise Kroutil, 38, recruited co-worker Nathan Firoved, 23, to stage a kidnapping of her nephew. The boy’s mother, Elizabeth Hupp, 25, and grandmother, Rose Brewer, 58, agreed to the plan to teach the child a lesson about strangers.
On Feburary 2, Firoved waited for the boy to exit a school bus and persuaded him into his truck. Fivored allegedly showed the child a gun and told him he would never “see his mommy again.” He tied up the sobbing child, covered his face with a jacket, and drove around.
Fivored took the blindfolded child to the family’s home. Once in the basement, the boy’s aunt allegedly took off his pants and told him he could be sold into “sex slavery.” She also reprimanded the child for not resisting her or Firoved.
The boy was left in the basement with both feet and hands bound in plastic bags; his face was covered with the jacket. Eventually, the child was taken upstairs and lectured about the dangers of being too trusting of strangers.
The incident lasted roughly four hours. The child’s mother and grandmother stayed in contact with Firoved via cellphone.
According to police, no one involved felt they did anything wrong by staging the kidnapping, since they were merely attempting to teach the child a lesson.
Authorities were alerted on February 4 after the child told school officials of the incident. The boy was taken from the home and placed in protective custody.
Firoved, Kroutil, and Brewer have all been charged with felony kidnapping, felonious restraint, and felony abuse and neglect of a child. Hupp has been charged with felony kidnapping and felony abuse of a child.
All four remain in custody and are being held on $250,000 bond.