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Back in the old days, if you wanted to teach a kid a lesson, you'd send him to his room. A Missouri family, though, apparently didn't think that was good enough.

In order to teach a 6-year-old boy not to talk to strangers (because he was "too nice"), his mother, grandmother, aunt, and a co-worker of the aunt pretended to kidnap the boy and held him in a basement, police say.

All four adults are now facing felony charges for their tough-love stunt. Is it really illegal to kidnap your own child?

Here's a good way to get your kids taken away from you: Let them play with a .40-caliber handgun.

A couple from Evansville, Indiana, is facing child neglect and criminal recklessness charges after police found a cellphone video of the woman's 1-year-old baby placing a gun in her mouth. The incident was apparently no accident: According to police reports, a man can be heard in the background of the video repeatedly encouraging the toddler to say "pow."

A California father's Playboy Mansion-themed party for his daughter's 18th birthday wasn't just in questionable taste, it was also allegedly criminal.

San Diego County sheriff's deputies arrested attorney Jeffrey Lake, 48, for violating a local social host ordinance, reports the Poway News Chieftan. There were reportedly as many as 200 people at the party, including many scantily clad teenage girls and underage drinkers. Deputies reported finding one 16-year-old passed out in a bathroom who had urinated on himself and another 19-year-old passed out in a bedroom closet.

What can other dads learn from Lake's potentially costly mistake? Here are three legal lessons:

New Year's Eve is a fantastic time to get together with friends and family and reflect on the year coming to a close. It's not really an opportune time to get arrested.

We don't mean that there's ever a great time to be arrested, but with the courts closed around the holidays, you may have to wait a bit longer for your arraignment if you can't make bail.

Here are five dumb ways to get arrested on New Year's Eve:

Eating evidence is never a good idea. It has a very low success rate in actually thwarting a police investigation, and it can significantly increase a suspect's exposure to criminal charges.

It may be funny to see characters like those in the cult classic "Super Troopers" eat massive quantities of illicit substances in a frantic attempt to not get busted, but the reality is even uglier.

What are some real-life consequences of eating evidence?

A Texas man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for shining a laser pointer at a police helicopter.

Gabriel Soze Ruedas Jr., 25, was arrested in 2012 after the pilot of an Austin police helicopter was forced to delay his landing. A bright laser light reflecting in his cockpit forced him to avert his eyes, reports the Austin American-Statesman.

Although they may seem harmless, laser pointer pranks against aircraft are increasingly resulting in serious criminal charges.

College is, among other things, a place for learning. But the lessons to be learned in college aren't all contained in textbooks or lectures; they're sometimes learned the proverbial "hard way." And what harder way to learn the limits of socially acceptable behavior than to be arrested?

Here are 10 really dumb ways that college students can get themselves arrested:

A video posted by a California woman on YouTube documenting the antics of her "neighbors from hell" has led to DUI and an assortment of other criminal charges against the woman shown in the video.

Huntington Beach resident Sarah Oliver posted the video -- which appears to show her neighbor Laura Angela Cox in a violent confrontation with her boyfriend -- on Sunday to YouTube, where it quickly went viral, racking up over 2 million views in less than four days. Meantime, Cox had already been arrested by Huntington Beach police, reports KTLA-TV.

What sort of legal trouble is Cox facing for her turn as an Internet video superstar?

Two drone pilots were arrested after cops say their tiny craft nearly collided with a NYPD chopper over the George Washington Bridge.

Remy Castro, 23, and Wilkins Mendoza, 34, of Manhattan, have been arraigned on felony reckless endangerment charges, reports the New York Post. The two were released without bail, but face serious felony charges for their allegedly dangerous drone antics.

Why is flying a drone like this a felony?

Bad parenting is not necessarily a crime. But when it crosses the line into child abuse, crummy parenting can get you arrested and even sent to prison.

Child abuse is always cruel, but some parents find a way to take their cruelty to a higher, and more bizarre level.

Who are this week's notable bad parents? We present Hot-Sauce Dad and "Branding" Mom. Read 'em and weep.