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Lakeville dad on trial Monday over child neglect charges

Steven Alexander Cross is accused of abandoning his 11-year-old son at home and driving off to California. He could face a year in jail on a gross misdemeanor charge. Cross, an unemployed architect, said he burned through his savings and had just $1,000 when he left.
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Steven Alexander Cross is accused of abandoning his 11-year-old son at home and driving off to California. He could face a year in jail on a gross misdemeanor charge. Cross, an unemployed architect, said he burned through his savings and had just $1,000 when he left.

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