“Parents are supposed to take care of their children and not leave them in foreclosed houses,” said a participant in a small group parenting session at The Way of Life Spiritual Devlopment Center in Richmond, Virginia.
“It’s a sad story and sad when things come to this,” said another participant.
“It’s all because of the economy,” a third person said.
They were referring to a case in Lakeville, Minnesota where a father abandoned his 11-year-old son by leaving him in their foreclosed house.
When Steven Alexander Cross, 60, is found he will be arrested for child neglect.
According to the Huffington Post, Cross left his son in the foreclosed house with two letters. One letter told about the house been foreclosed. The boy was advised to take his PlayStation and go to a neighbor’s house. The second letter was for the neighbors to take care of his son. However, when the police was called, the boy was placed in foster care.
The Boy’s Letter
“This paper is wet it’s because I am crying so bad. You know your dad loves you more than anything. There are many, many great years ahead for you. Not so for me.” The letter also revealed to the boy that his mother, whom his father had told him had died, is still alive. The boy broke down in tears when he read the letter.
Cross’ two-story home was vacant this week, with foreclosure signs posted on the front door. The newspaper reported that a bank bought it for $336,925 in January.
Where is the father?
Cross is believed to have fled to California 25 miles away, but investigators say the trail has grown cold. The boy told police he didn’t notice his father acting any differently on the night before he vanished.
Police tracked Cross’ credit cards and bank accounts after he vanished but found no activity. His home computer looked like Cross made reservation for a three-night stay in the central California city of Morro Bay.
A week after Cross disappeared, a woman identifying herself as his ex-girlfriend said Cross had emailed her from a library in Carmel, California saying he was depressed and sleeping in the streets.
The e-mail read:
“I probably only have a couple of days … No one I called would help me … I didn’t know what to do. I am scared and hopelessly depressed.”
It’s the last anyone has heard from him.
Where is the mother?
A petition for child protection names Katik Porter as the boy’s mother. Investigators don’t know where she is. The boy told a social worker he knew little about his family and his father had told him his mother was dead. In the letter, Cross said he had lied, and the boy’s mother was still alive. Cross had been awarded custody of the boy in 2001 when he was 2 years old. The boy hadn’t seen his mother since then even though she was granted visitation rights. Because she never used them, those rights were suspended in 2002.