If you have been following the news, you might have heard about the family that felt their 6 year old child was too nice to strangers and decided to stage his kidnapping to teach him about stranger danger.
According to reports sometime before February 2, 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.
On February 2nd, Firoved parked his pickup truck close to the boy’s bus stop, and once the boy was dropped off by his mother, he lured him into the pickup truck and drove away with him. Firoved told the boy he would never see his mother again and that he would be “nailed to the wall of a shed.” The boy began crying, and Firoved pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot the child if he didn’t stop crying.
He then bound the boy’s hands and feet with plastic bags, and covered the child’s face with a jacket. Firoved drove the boy to his own home, carried the child into the basement, and left him there, where the boy’s aunt arrived and pulled the boy’s pants down, and ridiculed him saying he could be sold into sex slavery. She also allegedly chastised the child for not trying to resist her or Firoved.
The boy was kept in the basement for a few hours longer before he was finally unbound and allowed to go upstairs, where his family was, and there they lectured him about stranger danger. Family members and Firoved kept in contact via cell phone during the whole ordeal, which lasted about four hours.
The boy went back to school and told school authorities on Wednesday, who then contacted the Missouri Division of Family Services. The sheriff’s office was called to the home and he was placed into protective custody. The family members told investigators their intent was to educate the child and felt they had done nothing wrong.
Firoved, Brewer, and Kroutil were charged with kidnapping, felonious restraint, and abuse/neglect of a child. They remain in custody at Lincoln County Jail on $250,000 bond. The boy’s mother, Hupp, is charged with kidnapping and abuse/neglect of a child. She remains jailed on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
What do you think? Was this going too far to teach a little boy the “stranger danger” lesson? Is 6 years old too young to truly understand “stranger danger”? Do you agree/disagree with what the parents and family members did? Let us know your opinion.