Police: Family plots to teach boy a lesson with frightening fake kidnapping

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Members of a Missouri family have been charged after the planned and executed the kidnapping of a 6-year-old boy to “teach him a lesson.”

KTVI in St Louis reports 38-year-old Denise Kroutil approached a co-worker, 23-year-old Nathan Firoved, and asked him to kidnap her nephew to “scare” him. The victim’s mother, 25-year-old Elizabeth Hupp, and grandmother, 58-year-old Rose Brewer, agreed with the plan to kidnap the young boy to teach him a lesson.

Family members plotted to have a six-year-old boy kidnapped to teach him a lesson on stranger danger because he was “too nice” to people, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies learned of a kidnapping in Troy on February 4.

Authorities say earlier this week, Firoved parked his truck by the boy’s bus stop and waited for him to be dropped off after school. He then lured the boy into his truck and drove off.

KTVI reports “Firoved told the frightened young boy he would never see his mother again and that he would be ‘nailed to the wall of a shed.’”

Firoved also pulled out a handgun and threatened the boy.

The boy’s hands and feet were bound with plastic bags and his face was covered with jacket. Firoved drove the boy to his own home, carried the child into the basement, and left him there.

The boy’s aunt Denise Kroutil entered and pulled the victim’s pants down. She began shouting that he could be sold into sex slavery.

“The boy was kept in the basement for some time longer before he was finally unbound and allowed to go upstairs, at which time his family lectured him about stranger danger,” KTVI reports.

The boy told school authorities on Wednesday, who then contacted the Missouri Division of Family Services. The sheriff’s office was called to the home and the child placed into protective custody.

Firoved, Brewer, and Kroutil were charged with kidnapping, felonious restraint, and abuse/neglect of a child. They remain in custody on $250,000 bond. The boy’s mother, Hupp, was charged with kidnapping and abuse/neglect of a child. She remains jailed on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

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5 comments

  • carol

    If this world gets any crazier no one is going to survive. rather than arrest them, thugs should have been sent to fake kidnap all of them. It’s great to teach kids a lesson in stranger danger but this is going WAY too far.

  • Brett

    I hate to nitpick but there hasn’t been a Division of Family Services in probably 15 years. It was broke up a long time ago into the Family Support Division. (Food Stamps, Medicare, etc) and the Child Welfare Division, which handles abuse and neglect situations.

    In regards to this situation I doubt the parents will lose parental rights. I’m certain they will be subject to a long relationship with the local child welfare office, though. Hopefully, they will use this relationship to their advantage and learn how to properly parent themselves and share this knowledge within their peer group.

  • Miguel

    Everyone has their own way of raising their children. Child wasn’t hurt, leave them the heck alone. You, The Government can’t even run yourselves. Did you forget this is supposed to be a Democracy.

    • Zebra Stripes

      Agreed. There are a lot of lessons to learn in life, and this one was learned without a whole lot better way than the alternative.