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Hakken Kidnapping Update: Cuba will return Fla. parents and kidnapped young sons to U.S., report says

Joshua Hakken AP Photo/Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Joshua Hakken
AP Photo/Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

(AP) HAVANA - 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.

Pictures: Fla. man accused of kidnapping two boys

Foreign Ministry official Johana Tablada told The Associated Press in a written statement that Cuba had informed U.S. 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. Joshua Hakken told reporters to stay away but the family appeared to be interacting normally with each other.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received information that the Hakken family had arrived in the island nation, authorities said Monday.

Police said Joshua Hakken allegedly entered his mother-in-law's house north of Tampa on April 3, tied her up and fled with his sons, 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase.

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