MIAMI (AP) — The Florida couple suspected of taking their two sons and fleeing to Cuba may have thought they could find a refuge from U.S. authorities on the communist island. But with criminal charges pending and little for Cuba to gain politically by holding them, experts say they are unlikely to stay for long.
Authorities say Joshua Michael Hakken kidnapped his sons, 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase, from his mother-in-law's house and took the children and his wife to Cuba.
The boys' maternal grandparents had been granted permanent custody.
There is no extradition agreement between the U.S. and Cuba, nor is Cuba a signatory of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
That means it will be up to Cuban authorities on whether to return to them.