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Third person charged in boy’s hospital abduction case

A third family member has been charged after a 5-year-old boy was taken from the St. Louis hospital where he is on a heart transplant list.

Meanwhile, Porter Stone arrived today at Kansas City International Airport. He is from St. Joseph.

St. Louis prosecutors late Wednesday charged Heather Minton with kidnapping, interfering with custody and endangering the welfare of a child. She’s the sister of Jeffrey Stone, the child’s father. Stone and their mother, Rhonda Marie Matthews, face the same charges.

All three are jailed on $1 million bond and don’t have listed attorneys.

Authorities say the three took Porter from St. Louis Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, soon after he was discharged following evaluation for a transplant. Police found them early Wednesday in a motel room near Chicago.

Doctors worried because Porter requires medicine and had only enough for a day or two.

| The Associated Press
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