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Father accused of abandoning son speaks out

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HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota father accused of abandoning his 11-year-old son and fleeing to California blames his financial instability for leaving the boy behind.

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Steven Alexander Cross said he was "worked up and upset" over his mounting bills, unemployment and house foreclosure when he decided to leave his son, Sebastian, with neighbors last July.

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