KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There were tears of joy and relief at Kansas City International Airport on Thursday as five-year-old Porter Stone and his mother returned to the metro after the child was kidnapped by his father from a St. Louis hospital.
Porter Stone and his mother, Tiffany Stone, arrived at KCI shortly after noon from Chicago, where his father, grandmother and aunt had taken the young boy after checking him out of a St. Louis hospital. The boy had been undergoing treatment for a heart condition, and had been placed on a transplant list when he was taken.
Jeffrey Stone, along with his mother Rhonda Matthews and his sister Heather Minton, faces kidnapping and child endangerment charges in connection to the kidnapping. They waived an extradition hearing on Thursday and are headed back to St. Louis to face the charges.
Jeffrey Stone reportedly lost custody of his son in December. In Chicago, Tiffany Stone told reporters that Jeffrey Stone had, in the past, threatened to take both of their children - they also had a two-year-old daughter - but had never acted on it until this week.
But there was little talk of the kidnappers at KCI on Thursday as family and friends of the St. Joseph family greeted a tired Porter and Tiffany Stone.
"We're relieved," said Tiffany Stone. "(Porter is) very very tired. He's not feeling so hot today."
She said that it's hard to say how the stress from the kidnapping will affect her son, who suffers from cardiomyopathy.
"He's on the list for a transplant. He's waiting on a heart, so he's on IV meds and we're waiting," said Stone, who said that she didn't want to talk about her ex-husband or the others charged in her son's abduction. "What happens to them is what happens to them. They did what they did, and we have to move on."