FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - Investigators in Lincoln County, Missouri say one of four suspects in the fake kidnapping of a boy on Monday apparently shot part of that terrifying event on video.
The four adults, three of them relatives of the six-year-old victim, are accused of faking the boy`s kidnapping, and then terrorizing him for four hours because they felt he was too nice and needed a lesson about stranger danger.
'Our forensics team was able to remove a video from Nathan Firoved`s cell phone where he recorded the incident, where he lured the child into his truck,' said Lt. Andy Binder, Lincoln County Sheriff`s Department spokesman.
'It was very apparent at that time that all the parties involved in this case had committed conspiracy to kidnap the victim,' Binder said.
It happened Monday, when Firoved allegedly lured the boy into his truck, blindfolded him, told him he would never see his mother again, and then took him back to the basement of his own home in the 100 block of Highland, in Troy,
where his mother, Elizabeth Hupp, 25, his grandmother, Rose Brewer, 58 and his aunt, Denise Kroulil, 28, allegedly taunted the boy, even telling him he was going to be sold into sex slavery.
After it was all over, the boy told someone at his school about what happened.
'We always want students to know they can trust a teacher, a counselor or any Lincoln County R-III employee and that if there is something that they report to us we will take swift action and do everything we can to protect them,' said school district spokesperson April Bryant.
Binder has been getting calls from as far away as Great Britain asking about this outrageous case.
"I think a lot of parents and people want to understand what the framework and thoughts were behind it because it does shock the conscience of the community,' he said.
All four suspects are charged with Kidnapping and Child Abuse and Neglect. Their bail is set at $250,000.
The boy is in the care of other family members.