Three women from the mid-western US state of Missouri were arrested on Thursday and charged with a bizarre case of "kidnapping".
They allegedly arranged for a man to "kidnap" their six-year-old relative because he was "too nice" and needed a shock lesson in the dangers of the world.
The man they allegedly hired, 23-year-old Nathan Firoved, has also been arrested and charged with kidnapping and other crimes, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
The boy, who was not named, got off the school bus early this week and Firoved lured him into a pick-up truck.
He told the boy that he will never "see his mummy again" and he would be "nailed to the wall of a shed".
According to the Sheriff's department, the boy's aunt, 38-year-old Denise Kroutil, mother Elizabeth Hupp, 25, and grandmother Rose Brewer, 58, wanted to teach the boy a life lesson and asked Firoved to help them.
The boy told school officials on Wednesday what had happened to him. He has been placed in protective custody. The four accused parties are in jail under a US$250,000 (S$335,000) cash-only bond.
During the alleged "kidnapping", which lasted about four hours, Firoved showed the boy a gun and told him he would be harmed if he did not stop crying.
The suspect then bound his hands and feet with plastic bags and covered his face with a jacket, the sheriff's office said.
Firoved took the boy to a basement, where his aunt removed his pants and told him he would be "sold into sex slavery", the statement said.
Some time later, the boy was untied and taken upstairs, where his family lectured him about "stranger danger".
"Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong," the sheriff's statement said.
This article was first published on February 07, 2015.
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