what where the family of the lad thinking? someone buys your kid stuff and you don't think it's bad, a visit to Alton Towers, bought him an iPhone, clothes and aftershave and other gifts and you do fcuk all, if someone I didn't know give my kid 10p I would call the police (after I kicked 50 shades of S**t out of him) never-mind an iphone
These beasts prey on vulnerable people. I do not think it is fair to insinuate the family are 'bad' or 'stupid' in any way. Remember, this is media reporting- they are not going to focus on the finer points of the case. There were probably other less-sensationalist 'acts of kindness' to sucker them all in.
On another note, I wonder whether it was intentional for the ex-member to work near-by a secondary school??