Child abandonment suspect caught in Cambria
August 30, 2011
A Minnesota architect accused of abandoning his 11-year-old son was arrested Monday afternoon in Cambria while working in a deli. [MinneapolisStarTribune]
Steven Alexander Cross, 60, appeared to be living in his van, reported arresting deputies. The Ford Windstar van Cross was driving was spotted by San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies, and he was questioned.
Cross is wanted in his home state for gross misdemeanor child neglect and will be extradited, Minnesota authorities told the Star Tribune.
Cross disappeared from the Lakeville home he shared with his son July 18. When the boy awoke that morning, he found two notes from his father, which suggested the dad was having financial troubles.
One note instructed the boy to take his PlayStation and go to a neighbor’s house, and that the house was to be sold at a sheriff’s sale. The other asked neighbors to take care of the child.
The boy told authorities that his knowledge of other family members was limited, and that his father said his mother was dead, but one of the letters said she is still alive. The child is now living with an aunt.