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So this happened.

The family of a 6-year-old boy in Missouri is being charged after they staged a four-hour kidnapping because they believed he was being too nice to people he didn’t know.

The child’s mother, grandmother, aunt, and a co-worker of the aunt have been charged with kidnapping and other felonies for trying to teach the child a lesson about stranger danger, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

“Family members told investigators their primary intent was to educate the victim and felt they did nothing wrong,” the press release said.

And according to the report, the kidnapping was as real as it gets. From CNN:

During his reported ordeal the boy was lured Monday into a pickup after getting off his school bus, tied up, threatened with a gun, taken to a basement where his pants were removed, and told he could be sold into sex slavery, police said.

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

The boy started to cry, police said, and Firoved, 23, showed the child a gun and said he would be harmed if he didn’t stop bawling. Firoved used plastic bags to tie the child’s hands and feet, police said. He took his jacket and covered the boy’s head so he couldn’t see.

He guided the boy, still unable to see, into the basement of the mother’s home, where his 38-year-old aunt took off the boy’s pants, according to the sheriff’s statement.

“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,” the statement said.

The suspects kept each other updated throughout the incident on cell phones, police said.

The unidentified child, who told school officials what he endured on Wednesday, was placed into protective custody.

His mother, Elizabeth Hupp, was charged with felony kidnapping and felony abuse and neglect of a child. The 58-year-old grandmother Rose Brewer, Denise Kroutil, and her co-worker, were all charged with felonious restraint.

SOURCE: CNN | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc.