What started out as a lesson about "stranger danger" turned into a wildly traumatic nightmare for a 6-year-old boy in Troy, Mo.
Police say the boy’s mom, aunt, grandmother, and one of the aunt’s coworkers staged a shockingly elaborate kidnapping that lasted four hours, all because they thought he was “too nice.”
The aunt’s coworker allegedly lured the boy into a pickup truck after school and told him he’d never “see his mommy again” and that he’d be “nailed to the wall of a shed.” He then threatened the boy with a gun, tied his hands and feet with plastic bags, covered his head with a jacket so he couldn’t see, and led him to the basement of the boy’s mother’s house.
That’s when the role-playing got especially weird — the aunt took off the boy’s pants and told him he could be sold into sex slavery.
According to a statement from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, “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.”
Police say the child’s 25-year-old mother and 58-year-old grandmother were in touch on their cell phones as the entire incident unfolded.
According to police, the whole scheme was set up because the boy’s family thought he was being too nice to strangers. “Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong," their statement said.
The law disagreed, and the four “kidnappers” were arrested and charged with felony kidnapping, felony abuse, and child neglect. The boy is, thankfully, in protective custody.