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EXECUTIVE TAKES LEAVE AFTER SON ABANDONED

A man who, with his wife, has been accused of abandoning their disabled son at a Delaware hospital has been granted a three-month paid leave from the chemical company he runs.

Richard Kelso, president and chief executive officer of PQ Corp., requested the leave to deal with "family matters," said John Reed, a spokesman for the Berwyn-based company.

Kelso did not immediately return a phone call Friday seeking comment.

Kelso, 62, and his wife, Dawn, 45, were charged Monday with misdemeanor counts of child abandonment and conspiracy.

On Sunday, the Kelsos left their 10-year-old son, Steven, at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Rockland, Del., along with a note saying they no longer could care for the boy. Steven has cerebral palsy, breathes through a tube and uses a wheelchair.

The boy remained in the hospital Friday.

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