Third person charged in St. Louis hospital abduction case

Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 9:36 a.m. CDT; updated 9:44 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 26, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A third person faces charges for allegedly kidnapping a 5-year-old boy from the St. Louis hospital where he is on a heart transplant list.

St. Louis prosecutors late Wednesday charged Heather Minton with kidnapping, interfering with custody and endangering the welfare of a child. She is the sister if Jeffrey Stone, the father of the child. Stone and their mother, Rhonda Marie Matthews, face the same charges. All three are jailed on $1 million bond and do not have listed attorneys.

Authorities say the trio took Porter Stone from St. Louis Children's Hospital 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.


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