Couple accused of kidnapping children booked into Florida jail

Joshua, Sharyn Hakken fled by boat to Cuba, officials say

Published On: Apr 10 2013 05:54:33 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 10 2013 07:08:43 AM EDT
TAMPA, Fla. -

The couple accused of kidnapping their two young sons and fleeing by boat to Cuba has been booked into a Florida jail after being handed over to U.S. authorities.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Joshua Michael Hakken and his wife, Sharyn, are being held at the jail early Wednesday on a number of charges including kidnapping, child neglect and interference with custody.

Authorities say Joshua Michael Hakken kidnapped his sons, 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase, from his mother-in-law's house north of Tampa. The boys' maternal grandparents had been granted permanent custody of the boys last week.

Earlier Tuesday, Foreign Ministry official Johana Tablada said in a statement that Cuba had informed U.S. authorities of the country's decision to turn over the couple and their children.

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