UPDATE: Young heart patient taken from St. Louis hospital found safe

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 7:28 a.m. CDT; updated 2:33 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis police have issued arrest warrants for the father and paternal grandmother of a 5-year-old boy taken from a hospital where he was on a transplant waiting list.

The department issued a statement Wednesday saying it had issued felony warrants for kidnapping, interfering with custody and endangering the welfare of a child against 33-year-old Jeffery Stone and his mother, Rhonda Marie Matthews.

Authorities accuse Stone of abducting his son, Porter Stone, from St. Louis Children's Hospital on Tuesday. The hospital warned that Porter's condition is serious and saidhe only had about a day's worth of medication left in a portable IV when taken. Porter, who lives in St. Joseph, had been discharged after several days in the hospital so he could be monitored by doctors closer to home in the Kansas City area.

St. Louis police said Illinois State Police found the boy, his father and grandmother in Alsip, near Chicago, early Wednesday and that Porter seemed fine but was taken to a hospital. His father was taken into custody, said a police dispatcher there, who declined to give her name because she wasn't authorized to talk to the news media.

A missing child alert was issued after the boy was taken from the hospital Tuesday. St. Louis police Capt. Jim Moran told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the boy's father didn't have legal custody.

Porter was being treated for cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle.

According to relatives, Jeffery Stone is estranged from the boy's mother, Tiffany Stone, who has legal custody of Porter.

Police said Jeffery Stone took Porter and then called Tiffany Stone — who was still at the hospital — and told her he was taking the child, according to police. 



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