Lakeville dad who left son says he'll fight to see him again

Steven Cross has posted bail so he can start fulfilling the court-ordered requirements to see his son again. Cross left a note for his son saying he couldn’t find a job and that their home would soon be repossessed, and that the boy should go live with a friend’s family. He then fled to California.
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Steven Cross has posted bail so he can start fulfilling the court-ordered requirements to see his son again. Cross left a note for his son saying he couldn’t find a job and that their home would soon be repossessed, and that the boy should go live with a friend’s family. He then fled to California.

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