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Dad Flees Foreclosure, Leaving Son

LAKEVILLE, Minn., Aug. 26 (UPI) — Investigators are trying to find a Minnesota architect facing foreclosure who left his 11-year-old son behind when he fled the state.

Steven Alexander Cross, 60, has been charged with misdemeanor child neglect, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday. His son, Sebastian, is in foster care and is expected to be transferred to a relative’s care.

Investigators in Dakota County say Cross disappeared in mid-July. When Sebastian woke up July 18, he found only two notes, one telling him to go to John and Joanne Pahl, who live in nearby Lakeville, and the other to give to the Pahls.

“If this paper is wet, it’s because I am crying so bad,” Cross wrote his son. “You know your dad loves you more than anything.”

Cross has had custody of Sebastian for most of his life. The boy’s mother lost her visitation rights when she did not use them, and no one knows where she is.

Investigators say Cross has not used his credit cards or taken money from his bank account. A former girlfriend called Joanne Pahl and said Cross e-mailed her from a library in Carmel, Calif., saying he was sleeping on the street and describing himself as “depressed” and desperate.

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