Minn. Father To Dispute Claim He Abandoned Son

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota father plans to dispute allegations that he abandoned his 11-year-old son.

Sixty-year-old Steven Cross of Lakeville appeared Monday in Dakota County court on a gross misdemeanor of child neglect. Chief Judge Edward Lynch scheduled a hearing for Jan. 4.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports if the case isn’t resolved, Cross will go to trial Jan. 23.

A criminal complaint alleges Cross abandoned his son July 18 after their house was lost in foreclosure. Cross left behind letters telling the boy to go to a neighbor’s house and asking the family to become his son’s guardian.

Authorities arrested Cross Aug. 29 in California. He was released from Dakota County jail last week on $6,000 bail.

The boy now is living in foster care with his maternal aunt.

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  • Throwing The Book Up North

    He can’t dispute the fact that he left when his son was asleep. That is abandonment. Sure he left notes telling his son that he was to go to neighbors. He left him alone from the time he left the house till the boy woke up.
    He better not get off the hook on this.

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