Police: Missouri Family Had Boy Kidnapped To Teach Him A Lesson

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CBS News – A 6-year-old Missouri boy’s mother, grandmother and aunt face charges after authorities said they staged his kidnapping because they believed he was too nice to people and they wanted to teach him about possible danger from strangers.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday the three wanted to scare the boy. Authorities say they enlisted help from the aunt’s co-worker, 23-year0ld Nathan Firoved, who lured the child into his pickup after he got off a school bus Monday.

Authorities said Firoved told the boy he wouldn’t “see his mommy again,” and that he’d be “nailed to the wall of a shed,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He showed the boy a handgun in an effort to make him stop crying, authorities said.

The man tied the child’s hands and feet with plastic bags and blindfolded him with a jacket, the sheriff’s office said, before he drove the boy to his Troy home. Authorities said the boy was kept in the basement for a while, before untied and told to go upstairs, where he was lectured about staying away from strangers.

Investigators said the boy’s family said they wanted to educate him about the harm of talking to strangers and felt they didn’t do anything wrong.

The mother, Elizabeth Hupp, 25, is charged with felony kidnapping and abuse or neglect of a child. The aunt, 38-year-old Denise Kroutil, and Firoved are charged with felony kidnapping, felonious restraint, and abuse or neglect of a child. All four were being held in Lincoln County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. It wasn’t immediately known if they had attorneys.

Police were alerted after the boy told school officials. He has been placed into protective custody.


  • Flossie Cox

    What absolute horrible mother, aunt and grandmother. They have scarred that child for life. He so deserves better relatives than that. I hope the the courts take him away from them. They are beyond cruel.

  • Danny Reynolds

    If enlisting the help of friends to keep our children safe can keep them from trusting strangers then I am for it. The children were never in any danger. I bet the child never does that again.

  • Marie

    The fact that this child ‘was lured’ into a strangers vehicle, is the warning that this child did not recognise the Real dangers in the world. While I am torn, I do not agree with the mothers actions. I can agree with the motives. There is a better way to teach your kids to be Safe.

  • mike

    Im with the parents with this. The kid was never in danger. That kid learned a lesson that may have saved his life.

  • Tiffany Mcgrath

    I think that this was a good idea….as long as it was with someone they trusted….I hope it doesn’t amount to anything for the mother and relatives. I also hope the kid learned a lesson.

    • Haha

      The Lincoln County Sheriffs office disagrees.
      This is a crime perpetuated against a child.
      If you were divorced, your husband had custody, and pulled this stunt, your anger level would be through the roof.

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