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HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota father accused of abandoning his 11-year-old son last summer has again asked to be reunited with the boy.

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Sixty-year-old Steven Cross of Lakeville renewed his request Wednesday during a child-protection hearing.

But the judge says a court-appointed doctor says Cross "lacks empathy" for the boy. The doctor recommended against a reunion right now.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/xWLuRy ) reports Cross agreed to cooperate with the boy's mother in creating a joint child-custody agreement.

Cross left Minnesota last July when their house was lost in foreclosure and drove to California. He left behind letters telling the boy to go to a neighbor's house and asking the family to become his son's guardian.

Last month a jury found Cross guilty of child neglect. Sentencing is set for March 20.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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