MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of an 11-year-old boy who was abandoned by his father in July has come forward saying she wants to be part of discussions about the boy’s future.

Katik Porter hasn’t seen her son in nearly a decade. But Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says the woman has now asked to be part of court proceedings about her child’s custody. Backstrom says the boy is currently staying with a relative.

The child’s father, 60-year-old Steven Cross of Lakeville, left the boy in mid-July with a letter saying the mother he thought was dead was really alive. Cross was arrested in California. He has waived extradition and will be returned to Minnesota to face a child neglect charge.

Porter has not returned messages left by The Associated Press.

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Comments (4)
  1. Dave's Not Here says:

    You should get NOTHING!

  2. John says:

    A decade later and she wants to have a say so – I think NOT !!!! She lost that right long ago!!!!

  3. Really? says:

    Umm sorry honey NO.

  4. Sunna Dottir says:

    What if she found living with him to be unbearable and he had controlled her to the point that she had no job skills, no money, and felt that her sone would be better off without her? You don’t know her, you haven’t lived in her shoes…

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