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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