After threatening a 6-year-old relative with sex slavery, kidnapping and murder, a Troy, Missouri family told the local sheriff's office they didn't think they'd done anything wrong.
The incident began when Denise Kroutil, 38, determined her nephew didn't take "stranger danger" seriously enough and was "too nice" to others.
Kroutil made the decision to teach him caution by staging a fake kidnapping, creating the plan with the boy's mother, 25-year-old Elizabeth Hupp, and grandmother, 58-year-old Rose Brewer.
The aunt hired her 23-year-old coworker, Nathan Wynn Firoved, to meet the boy at his school bus stop on Monday and convince the youngster to take a ride in his pickup truck.
The Lincoln Country Sheriff's Office reports Firoved held the child at gunpoint, saying he'd be “nailed to the wall of a shed” and would never see his mother again.
After covering the boy's face, Firoved tied his hands and feet with plastic bags before dragging him into the basement of his own home.
For the next several hours, the family subjected the child to mental torture, including Kroutil removing his pants and threatening him with "sex slavery."
When they finally released the boy, the family sat him down for a talk about the perils of conversing with strangers.
The boy reportedly shared the incident with a school administrator, who immediately called Family Services.
All four coconspirators are currently being held in the Lincoln County Jail, each on a $250,000 bond.
Firoved, Kroutil and Brewer have been charged with kidnapping, restraint and abuse – all felonies – as well as neglect of a child.
The boy's mother was charged with kidnapping, abuse and neglect of a child.