Family Accused Of Kidnapping Boy To Teach Him Not To Talk To Strangers

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

Denise Kroutil
Denise Kroutil

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.”

Nathan Firoved
Nathan Firoved

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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109 thoughts on “Family Accused Of Kidnapping Boy To Teach Him Not To Talk To Strangers”

  1. Anarchist:
    Interesting song. I will have to track down the lyrics. I haven’t heard this band before.

  2. Inga,
    “I would hope it wouldn’t come down to us choosing whose “side” to be on. And I consider you to be right Od center but very independent minded, am I right?”

    Your hope is correct; I do not want to pick sides. Thank you for the compliment–I do try to be independent-minded, whether it lands me right or left. There are quite a few independent-minded folks here, which is probably why there are so many squabbles, but when we aren’t fussing, the conversations can be quite interesting. 🙂

  3. “Nick and Inga, LOL to you both. :)”

    My reason for the LOL: I do enjoy chatting with both of you, even if the both of you are at each other’s throats sometimes. Yes, let us stick together and enjoy good conversation, even (and maybe especially) when we disagree. An echo chamber would be boring.

  4. Thank you PR. I would hope it wouldn’t come down to us choosing whose “side” to be on. And I consider you to be right Od center but very independent minded, am I right?

  5. Yeah, Mystique tends to be a Marvel villain, even if I do think she’s kinda cool. Hmmm…Mirage from The Incredibles? A tad skinny, though. She needs some muscle.


    Nick and Inga, LOL to you both. 🙂

    I do not think you are here for nefarious reasons. 🙂

  6. LOL! PR, you’re being recruited into Spinelli’s army to help him marginalize the “nefarious” commenters. Oy! Hahahahahaaaha, omg. 😝

  7. PR, LOL. Good humor is always the mark of a good person. May I suggest Enigmatic as a moniker, instead of Mystique, but I do see the logic in Mystique. We folks who like this blog need to focus on each other, and, as best as possible, marginalize those who are here for more nefarious reasons.

  8. Nick,
    Thank you for your kind words. Your day sounds quite lovely. The closest I’ve been to a racetrack is watching Secretariat and Seabiscuit…the movies. 🙂

    One thing has me a bit bemused, though:
    “Prairie Rose, You are a left of center woman who is a joy to read and respond to here @ the Turley blog.”

    There are those here who would argue that I am right of center. Perhaps I should change my name to Mystique. 😉

  9. Paul-

    “Anarchist – unless the case law proves your case for part three of the law, I stand my ground.”

    Uh-oh. You have to be careful when a conservative is standing his ground.


    I read your Santa Anita post and it brought a tear to my eye. Ahh, Santa Anita! The weak beer in plastic cups, degenerates urinating in the bleachers, thugs collecting debts from inebriated deadbeats,the overpowering stench of the homeless bird-bathing in the water faucets and the blissfully unaware Italians beating their hirsute slatterns amongst the seas of felons swilling bottles of grape mad dog hidden in paper sacks. It’s more magical than a herd of unicorns in a rainbow factory.

  10. DBQ, I assume you have been to Santa Anita. You strike me as a woman I would not have to teach how to wager.

  11. Prairie Rose, You are a left of center woman who is a joy to read and respond to here @ the Turley blog. happy is a right of center woman also a joy to have here. You both have good hearts. I will take a bullet for a person w/ a good heart. I just had a great day @ Santa Anita. I took my bride and two of her friends. One had never been to a horse track. They are also women w/ good hearts and good cheer. I taught them how to make bets, and although they didn’t win, they enjoyed the beauty of that majestic park where Seabiscuit won many races, the majesty of the horses, and the pure enjoyment of many Hispanic families enjoying the day. Santa Anita has free parking a free admission to the infield. You can bring in coolers of soft drinks and food. I know KarenS, a horse lover, would be right @ home there. In many respects, I enjoy the company of good women to men. We need more good women like you folks here. Try and recruit some. I only cashed in one winning ticket, but it was a great day, 75 degrees and cloudless.

    1. Nick Spinelli

      Thank you for your kind words. You might be surprised to find I am the one who is a bit left of the center as I am pro choice and have argued extensively with Ollie to being backed in a corner that Mike Appleton helped me out of (lol) regarding “Natural Rights”. I also feel that if people want to marry the same sex even though I find it strange they should have the right to do that also. My problem comes with passing money freely out as welfare as it needs reform imo and I also think Obamacare was a mistake although I agree with Medicaid and Medicare and SS and SSI as programs.

      I do have a lady in mind but she is mad at JT for going against Obama so its going to be and uphill battle and I also have another lady if I can get her off the crochet hook long enough. Certainly I post this to my Facebook and Twitter Page.

      I see some of the funniest stuff pop up on Google that we are talking about. I was wanting to know more about Chuck Berry and right at the top, I thought I was gonna hear more and it was me and BarkinDog talking about Chuck Berry visiting Jackson Park and Tipping me 10 cents at Chuck a Burger. lol.

      Anyway, I will work on it. I just need encouragement as I have a damnable inferiority complex at times lol. You guys all have these Pedigree degrees and I have 72 credit hours.


      1. happypappies – Thomas Edison had 3 months of formal education. Now his lack of math skills held him back in the great Electricity Wars but other than that he did okay. 🙂

  12. A 6-year-old boy in Missouri endured an emotional four-hour staged kidnapping because his family thought he was being too nice to people he didn’t know, police said Thursday.

    The four people involved in the alleged plot — the boy’s mother, grandmother, aunt and a co-worker of the aunt — have been charged with kidnapping and other felonies, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

    “Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong,” the press release said.

    During his reported ordeal the boy was lured Monday into a pickup after getting off his school bus, tied up, threatened with a gun, taken to a basement where his pants were removed, and told he could be sold into sex slavery, police said.

    Apparently this is a free range kid and this is how the parents chose to handle the situation.

    My, how times have changed since I was young.

    The cops would have definitely stayed out of it

    1. happypappies – when I was growing up the cops would have helped with the “kidnapping” 😉

      1. Paul C Schulte – I didn’t want to take that much creative license buuuttt since I am being encouraged, They could stage a Reality Show Called Abe Lincoln’s Lakers and float that kid out on the middle of Lincoln Lake and then take him for a wild riiiiiiddddddeeee down the Current River. That could be his real punishment. It would have been beautiful this weekend too if the Cops would have been real cops instead of Red Neck rent a cops.

  13. Nick,
    “The world is not as scary as the MSM likes us to believe. You see, fear sells, and the MSM have ads to sell, and they do it by scaring people. Are there bad people out there. Absolutely. Are they lurking around every corner? Absolutely not.”

    I completely agree. I know people who are afraid to let their kids to play unsupervised in their backyard in a well-to-do area. The kids are not toddlers.

    Heck, I was in a women’s bathroom at a Macy’s (and the bathroom was in the lingerie department) and a boy about 10-years-old stepped out of a stall. I was quietly perturbed but said nothing as I entered a stall because he looked like a fairly innocent kid. Then his mom apparently stepped out of a nearby stall and started telling her friend why the boy was in the women’s bathroom–she was afraid to let him go in the men’s bathroom by himself and she’d have words with anyone who told her she couldn’t bring her son into the women’s bathroom if she wanted to. Thank heavens they left immediately after that.


  14. Some folks are not intelligent enough to know when they’ve met their intellectual superior, lol.

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