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Associated Press, Published October 03 2011

Minnesota father to dispute claim he abandoned son

HASTINGS, Minn. – 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. A hearing was scheduled afor Jan. 4.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that 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 on Aug. 29 in California. He was released from Dakota County jail last week on $6,000 bail.