TROY, MO (KTVI) - Four defendants charged in a fake kidnapping plot designed to scare a six-year-old boy had their bonds reduced in a court appearance Thursday.
The boy’s mother, aunt, and grandmother are all accused of cooking up the plan to terrorize the boy so he wouldn't talk to strangers. A fourth person, a non-relative, was hired to conduct the faux kidnapping.
Police said the boy was threatened with a gun and told he could be sold into sex slavery.
In court Thursday, prosecutors called the aunt the ring-leader, adding she sent text messages detailing what she wanted done to scare the boy.
The woman’s attorney asked for a bond reduction, saying if the accusations were true then it was a case of bad judgment. Her bond was reduced from $250,000 to $100,000.
The man who grabbed the boy and allegedly terrorized him had his bond lowered to $100,000.
The six-year-old’s grandmother had her bond lowered to $50,000 after her lawyer told the judge she had no criminal intent in the plot.
Finally, bond for the boy’s mother was reduced from $250,000 to $100,000.
Future court dates were set for each of the defendants’ next appearances.