A Missouri mother and other family members had their 6-year-old boy kidnapped because he was too nice to strangers. Now, they’re paying the price.

The staged kidnapping took place in Troy near St. Louis and lasted for four hours. It was planned by the boy’s mother, aunt, grandmother, and a co-worker of the aunt. Their idea of a punishment has gotten them charges on kidnapping and other felonies, according to CNN.

Elizabeth Hupp, Mother

Rose Brewer, Grandmother

The incident happened on Monday when the boy was lured into a pickup after his school bus dropped him off. There, he was tied up and threatened with a gun. He was then kept in a basement where his pants were removed by his aunt. According to the police, he was told that he could be sold into sex slavery.

Nathan Wynn Firoved, the aunt’s co-worker, was in the truck and told the boy he would be “nailed to the wall of a shed” and never see his mother again.

The frightened boy began crying, so the co-worker threatened to harm him if he didn’t stop. Plastic bags were used to tie the kid’s hands and feet, and a jacket was used to cover his head.

After several hours in the basement, the family took the boy upstairs and told him he was kidnapped for being too nice to strangers. There, they lectured him, hoping he learned his lesson. At school, the kidnapped kid told officials what happened and was immediately put into protective custody.

Elizabeth Hupp, the 25-year-old mother, believes they’ve done nothing wrong since they were trying to teach the child a lesson. She is charged with felony abuse and neglect of a child and felony kidnapping. The others involved were charged with felonious restraint as well.

Rose Brewer is the 58-year-old grandmother and Denise Kroutil is the 38-year-old aunt. Firoved is 23.

What punishment would you give your boy for being too nice?

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