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3rd person charged in Mo. hospital abduction case

3rd relative charged in alleged abduction of 5-year-old heart patient from St. Louis hospital By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) ' 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.

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 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 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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