Dad Who Abducted Kids, Fled To Cuba Found Insane

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida engineer accused of abducting his children and taking them to Cuba has been found insane and will likely undergo treatment for mental illness before he can stand trial.

Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe said Wednesday he’ll decide on a treatment facility for Joshua Hakken on March 4. He’ll also examine psychological reports on Hakken’s wife, Sharyn.

Authorities say the Hakkens kidnapped their young sons from Sharyn Hakken’s parents in April after they lost custody of them following run-ins with police. The Hakkens sailed to Cuba, were apprehended by U.S. authorities and sent back to Tampa.

The grandparents now have custody of the boys.

Prosecutors released evidence showing Joshua Hakken believed the federal government was targeting him because he’d uncovered a secret plot to poison Americans with airplane chemicals.

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