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Runaway Dad loses bid for son's return

A Dakota County judge has denied a Lakeville man's request to remove his son from his maternal aunt's care. Steven Alexander Cross is accused of fleeing to California and abandoning his son in July.
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A Dakota County judge has denied a Lakeville man's request to remove his son from his maternal aunt's care. Steven Alexander Cross is accused of fleeing to California and abandoning his son in July.

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