Tampa, Florida -- 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 a website for 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.
The two boys appear to be okay, Sheriff David Gee said. Investigators confirm the children are now back with their grandparents.
A team of federal, state, and local law enforcement officersflew to Cuba at around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Gee said. They returned with the parents, children, and the family dog a few hours later.
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.
Both parents face many of the same criminal charges. It's the first indication that detectives believe the mother, Sharyn, was involved in the initial abduction from her parents' house.That's why she has a burglary with battery charge.
However,Sharyn does not have the false imprisonment charge that Joshua does, so it appears she did not have a role in tying up her mother.
As of right now, the U.S. Attorney's Office is only filing charges against the Hakkens on the state level, and not federal.
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