Christian Damon Derek Stoner
Charges: Father Drove Around 2 Kids While Drunk:
St. Paul Boy Knocks on Door, Reports Dad’s DWI:
Police in St. Paul, Minnesota say they found 40-year-old Christian Damon Derek Stoner passed out drunk in his car while he was on the center console and not wearing shoes. Police were alerted to Stoner’s condition because his 5-year-old son knocked on a neighbor’s door saying that his father refused to bring him home.
According to the boy Stoner picked up him and his 1-year-old sister from daycare then proceeded to drive around town pulling over at random intervals. When Stoner was found by police the keys were in the ignition in the on position. There was also an empty liquor bottle in the car according to police.
After falling out of the car Stoner blew a mighty .289 blood alcohol. Not only is that way over three times the legal limit it lands him on the #5 spot of the BB BAC Board.
How sad is it when a 5-year-old has more brains and common sense than an allegedly grown-ass man?
Thanks to Patty for the tip.
Minnesota Dad Leaves Son Behind In Foreclosed Home
Abandoned Lakeville Boy’s Plight inspires support; dad still sought
- Foreclosure Dad
That is Steven Alexander Cross age 60. A week before being evicted from his St Paul, Minnesota home he fled. What earns him a spot here on BB is that he left behind his 11-year-old son, Sebastian. Before you ask, he left him alive. Cross left a note for his son telling him to take his playstation and go to a neighbor’s house when he awoke. “If this paper is wet, it’s because I am crying so bad,” he wrote to the boy before making his escape on July 18th. “You know your Dad loves you more than anything.” Cross also drafted a second letter, explaining his struggle to find work as an architect in the down economy.
When Sebastian awoke and found himself alone, he went to the home of neighbor Joanne Pahl with the letters. “He started to cry.” Another neighbor said about the incident. Sebastian is in protective custody and will soon be placed with a relative.
“For a Parent to abandon a child under these circumstances–it is both unusual and disturbing.” Dakota county Attorney James Backstrom said.
Officials still have not located Cross but he is believed to be possibly hiding in California. He has been charged with gross misdemeanor of child neglect and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Originally when I started this write up I was going to reserve my judgement of this Dad. The story is so very sad. I will say at least he didn’t KILL his son. There were so many other choices he could have made here and I’m reminded of a Will Smith movie, “The Pursuit of Happiness” as I think about the situation here. This dad could have learned a lesson or two from that movie. That is what REAL men do when things get bad, they step up to the plate and do whatever they must to provide for their children. At the very least this dad could have taken his son from the home and found a relative to care for him until he found work and instead he’s facing criminal charges because he chose to leave his son behind. I will admit I was saddened by the story and it did pull at my heartstrings and at least he cared enough to leave his son a letter but his son would have done so much better if he had just stayed and faced the music with his son. Yes we are living in a bad economy right now and many families across America are facing the same thing that this one was, but abandoning your child isn’t the option. If he had just left the child with a relative then he might have had some hope of being able to go and find work somewhere and then reunite with his son. Now he quite possibly won’t see his son again. And what of his son’s feelings towards him, how horribly alone this poor boy must feel. An 11 year old should never have to deal with this type of situation on his own. Another news site said that Cross was awarded full custody of his son in 2001 and the mother who wasn’t named was given visitation but she never took advantage of her visitation rights. Cross apparently told Sebastian that his mother was dead but revealed in his letter that she is actually alive but no one has been able to locate her so now at the tender age of 11 poor Sebastian has been abandoned by both of his parents. Such a very sad story.
Thanks to Tina for the tip!
St Paul Teen Set on Fire Speaks
Teen Burned By Mother’s Boyfriend
Teen Burned by Boyfriend
The above picture is Antoine Willis age 19 of St Paul, MN. Antoine was burned by his mother’s boyfriend of 8 years in late July. According to reports 54 year old Curtis Reed was walking around the house with hammers and stuff saying “Don’t go to sleep, don’t go to sleep.” Antoine says the threats began after Reed threatened his mother, Alexis Moody, with a knife. She says she woke up to Antoine on fire. She tried to put out the flames but Reed followed with lighter fluid and kept spraying it on Antoine until he ran out of the house with Reed in pursuit. Reed just said, “I told you not to go to sleep, I told you not to go to sleep!” Moody says, “Nobody deserves to be set on fire, burned alive, that’s not right.” Doctors treated Reed for minor burns before he was arrested on assault charges.
“Why doesn’t Curtis like Antoine? Because Antoine isn’t going to let Curtis put a hand on his mom,” said Derrick Sanders, Willis’s cousin.
Police said they have been called to that address 30 times in the past five years, with seven calls reporting domestic disturbances. Investigators also say that Reed is a suspect in a string of robbers at a dozen bars in northern Ramsey County.
Antoine is being treated for second and third degree burns and is expected to have scarring from the burns.
Another shocking act of violence against a child that could have been prevented. Antoine we wish you a speedy recovery and commend you for standing up for your mother!
Thanks to AJ for the tip!!!