By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
In another example of bizarre and horrific treatments of children by relatives the Lincoln County Missouri Sheriff’s Office accuses a family of staging a frightening kidnapping of their six year old son because they believed he was being too friendly with strangers and needed to be taught a lesson.
Several felony charges later, the family is now being taught that lesson in the county jail.
Deputies say that the child’s aunt, Denise Kroutil, made arrangements for a colleague, Nathan Firoved, to scare the boy by agreeing to stage a mock kidnapping.
Firoved is accused by the sheriff’s office of luring the boy into a car just after he left a school bus. He then took the boy to his residence’s basement where he then told the boy he would “never see his mommy again,” and that he would be “nailed to the wall of a shed.”
The threats continued with allegedly showing the boy a firearm, covering the boy’s head with a jacket, binding his hands and feet, and threatening him as he was crying in distress. And to further add to the horror in the child he pulled down the boy’s pants and proclaimed the boy would be sold into sex slavery.
After this terrible experience the child was eventually released from his restraints and lectured about the dangers of talking to strangers. One can only imagine how horrible strangers must be to this family if this is the sort of loving treatment they believe their son deserves.
The event came to light when the boy reported the incident to school officials who then contacted authorities.
“Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong,” a statement from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
News reports state that Firoved, his grandmother, Rose Brewer, and Ms. Kroutil have been charged with kidnapping, restraint, as well as abuse and neglect of a child.
The boy’s mother, Elizabeth Hupp, has been charged with kidnapping and abuse and neglect.
By Darren Smith
Source: BBC News
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