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3rd person charged in Mo. hospital abduction case

CHICAGO (AP) – A third family member has been charged after a 5-year-old boy was taken from the St. Louis hospital where he’s on a heart transplant list.

St. Louis prosecutors charged Heather Minton with kidnapping, interfering with custody and endangering the welfare of a child.

Her brother, Jeffrey Stone, is the child’s father. Stone and Minton’s mother, Rhonda Marie Matthews, face the same charges.

All three are jailed in Chicago on $1 million bond. The Chicago Sun-Times reports they waived extradition Thursday. They don’t have listed attorneys.

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

Doctors worried because Porter requires medicine and had a limited supply.

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