A six-year-old boy in Missouri was the victim of a staged kidnapping lasting four hours and perpetrated by his own family, who thought he was being too nice to strangers.
The four people who created the plot and carried it out included the boy’s mother, aunt, grandmother and a co-worker of the aunt. All four have been charged with kidnapping and a number of other felonies by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
“Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong,” the press release said.
The boy’s aunt had approached her co-worker prior to February 2nd asking for his help in the scheme, saying her nephew was “too nice” and needed a good “scare.” When the plan was put into action, no one else in the family even knew the co-worker’s last name.
According to the police report, the boy had been lured into a pickup truck while getting off the school bus. He was then tied up, threatened with a gun and taken to a basement where he was told he would be sold into sex slavery.
Nathan Wynn Firoved, the aunt’s co-worker, had told the boy that he would never “see his mommy again,” and that he would be “nailed to the wall of a shed.”
When the boy began to cry, Firoved pointed a gun at him and said he would be hurt if he did not stop. Plastic bags were used to tie the boy’s hands and feet, while the boy’s jacket was placed over his head so he could not see, writes AnneClaire Stapleton for CNN.
The boy was brought blindfolded to his mother’s basement where his aunt removed his pants. His aunt became upset when the boy did not try to resist her actions, and the boy was then left alone in the basement blindfolded.
“The victim remained in the basement for some time before he was unbound and told to go upstairs, where the victim’s family lectured him about stranger danger,” the statement said.
The four adults remain adamant that there was nothing wrong with their actions because they were simply trying to teach the boy a lesson, reports Abby Phillip for The Washington Post.
The boy’s mother was charged with felony kidnapping, felony abuse and neglect of a child. The remaining three received the same charges in addition to felonious restraint. All four are being held on $250,000 cash bail.
The boy was immediately placed in protective custody after telling school officials what had happened to him earlier last week.