KSDK NBC reports that a boy who was allegedly kidnapped from a St. Louis hospital while awaiting a heart transplant was located near Chicago early Wednesday. His father and grandmother have been taken into custody.
Police found 5-year-old Porter Stone with his father, Jeffrey Stone, and grandmother Rhonda Marie Matthews, in Alsip, Illinois. KSDK reports that the Amber Alert that had been issued Tuesday night was cancelled. St. Louis police say that both Jeffrey and Matthews had felony warrants issued against them, for kidnapping, interfering with custody, and endangering the welfare of a child.
MSNBC reports that the police say the child had vanished after being discharged from St. Louis Children’s Hospital on Tuesday. Porter Stone’s parents reportedly have been involved in a custody dispute. KSDK reports that police say the incident happened at 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday when Jeffery took his son to his car without permission. Jeffrey then reportedly called Porter’s mother, who has custody of him, to tell her he was taking him.
Porter was next on the list to recieve a heart transplant and was wearing an IV bag with only 48 hours worth of medication, KSDK reports.
According to a report by KSDK, Tiffany Stone, the child’s mother, told the NBC affiliate in Chicago that she and Jeffrey also have a two-year-old daughter together and that he had threatened to take both children, but never took action.