Cuba: We'll Turn Over Florida Couple, Kids

Government says Joshua Hakken and wife can't stay in Havana

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 9, 2013 4:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Cuba says it will turn over to the United States a Florida couple who allegedly kidnapped their own children from the mother's parents and fled by boat to Havana. Foreign Ministry official Johana Tablada told the Associated Press in a written statement that Cuba had informed US authorities of the country's decision to turn over Joshua Michael Hakken, his wife Sharyn, and their two young boys. She did not say when the handover would occur. The Hakkens were spotted alongside their boat, Salty, docked at Havana's Hemingway Marina.

This undated photo provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office shows a 25-foot sailboat that was recently acquired by Joshua Michael Hakken.
This undated photo provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office shows a 25-foot sailboat that was recently acquired by Joshua Michael Hakken.   (AP Photo/Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Michael Hakken and his wife, Sharyn.
Joshua Michael Hakken and his wife, Sharyn.   (AP Photo/Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)
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