LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Four people are facing charges for allegedly conspiring to kidnap a six-year-old boy to teach him a lesson about safety.
Nathan Firoved, Rose Brewer, and Denis Kroutil are charged with felony kidnapping, felonious restraint, and felony abuse and neglect of a child. Elizabeth Hupp is charged with felony kidnapping, and felony abuse and neglect of a child.
According to police, Kroutil, who is the victim’s aunt, approached Firoved, who is a co-worker, about kidnapping the boy to scare him because she and other relatives thought he was “too nice to people.” Police said Hupp, the victim’s mother, and Brewer, the boy’s grandmother, agreed with Kroutil. Authorities said text messages and phone calls between family members show the kidnapping had been planned at least two days before it was carried out.
"They have no idea that what they've done is outside boundaries of law," said Lt. Andy Binder with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Police said the kidnapping was carried out on Monday. According to police, Firoved lured the victim into his truck while the boy was walking home from his school bus. Police said Firoved told the victim he would “never see his mommy again” and that he would be “nailed to the wall of a shed.” The victim then started to cry.
Authorities said Firoved showed the boy a gun and said he would harm him if he did not stop crying. Firoved then allegedly drove the boy around for an unknown amount of time. The boy kept crying, so Firoved allegedly bound the victim’s hands and feet with plastic bags and covered his face. Police said Firoved made a video recording of the abduction.
Police said Firoved proceeded to take the kidnapped boy to the basement of the boy’s home where Kroutil removed his pants and told him he could be sold into sex slavery. Kroutil was also allegedly angry that the boy did not try to resist. While the boy was in the basement, police said Firoved kept family members updated via cellphone.
"This was all being monitored by a grandmother sitting upstairs listening through a baby monitoring system," Binder said.
Firoved and family members allegedly terrorized the boy. Police said the boy was then unbound and told to go upstairs where family members lectured him about stranger danger. Authorities believe the entire event lasted four hours.
The victim informed school officials about what took place. Those officials then contacted the Missouri Division of Family Services. The child was placed into protective custody. Police said they seized two guns from Firoved’s truck during a search.
"I'm a very professional individual, but for me, as someone who was briefly abducted in 1978 at the age of five while walking home from kindergarten, those feelings start to stir up that I remember. I feel the tension, the frightening events that were going on around me, and knowing what this young man went through and that his parents did it to him, there's no excuse for that," Binder said.
Police said family members told them they were trying to educate the victim and felt they had done nothing wrong. All of the suspects are being held at the Lincoln County Jail on a $250,000 cash only bond.