A 5-year-old boy who was kidnapped from St. Louis Children's Hospital this week left Chicago with his mother Thursday to head back home.
Porter Stone was seen being carried out of Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn by mom Tiffany Stone. He was covered in a fleece blanket as they made their way to O'Hare Airport. From O'Hare they flew to St. Louis.
Tiffany Stone told reporters Porter "is scared but happy to be going home."
The boy's father, grandmother and aunt, all charged in his abduction, appeared in court Thursday and waived extradition. They also are headed back to St Louis.
Porter was placed on a transplant waiting list for a heart condition Tuesday, the same day his father, 33-year-old Jeffrey Stone, grabbed him and brought him to the Chicago area, police said. It sparked an Amber Alert until Porter was found and Jeffrey Stone was arrested.
Doctors at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn watched the boy until Tiffany Stone flew in late Wednesday to be reunited with her son.
When he was kidnapped, Porter had only a day's worth of medication left in a portable IV bag. He made it to Oak Lawn in time to be treated.
Police say Porter's parents are going through a messy divorce, and the boy's father does not have custody. According to police, Jeffrey Stone; his mother, Rhonda Marie Matthews; and his aunt, Heather Minton, drove Porter all the way to Alsip. They stopped to rest at a Baymont Inn, where police caught up with them.
All three face kidnapping among other charges and are being held on $1 million bond.