I’ve read (and posted about) heartbreaking cases where people facing foreclosure have abandoned their pets and livestock. I’m a big animal lover, and it’s tough for me to understand how anyone could do that. If abandoning animals is hard to understand though, this one is unfathomable. A Minnesota father facing foreclosure not only walked away from his property, he walked away from his son as well:
LAKEVILLE, Minn. — A father abandoned his 11-year-old son last month, telling him in a letter to move in with neighbors because their south Minnesota home was in foreclosure, according to a warrant complaint seeking his arrest.
Steven Alexander Cross, 60, left two notes for his son, according to the complaint charging him with a gross misdemeanor of child neglect. One letter said their home in Lakeville was going to be sold at a sheriff’s sale and instructed the boy to take his PlayStation and go to a neighbor’s house. The other asked the neighbors to take care of his son. The boy has been placed in foster care.
“If this paper is wet it’s because I am crying so bad. You know your dad loves you more than anything,” the letter said. Elsewhere he wrote: “There are many, many great years ahead for you. Not so for me.”
LAKEVILLE, Minn.—A Lakeville man accused of abandoning his son after his home went into foreclosure has been returned to Minnesota after he fled to California late last month.
The Dakota County sheriff’s office says Steven Alexander Cross was brought back to Minnesota on Friday.
Sheriff Dave Bellows says deputies flew to San Luis Obispo, Calif. That’s where Cross was being held after he was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Bellows says Cross waived extradition. The 60-year-old is expected to be arraigned on a charge of child neglect next week.
If nothing else, Cross has probably solved his housing problems for awhile, now that it’s being provided by the county.
I was curious about the notice that ABC News showed for a brief two seconds in the video below. Ironically, this is what it said:
We have recently secured possession of the premises, and determined that there were personal belongings left behind. If you are interested in retrieving these possessions, please make arrangements to do so within sixty (60) days of the date of this letter. You may contact…
Here’s hoping dad misses the deadline.