Prosecutors: kidnapping dad faked mental illness

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Posted: Mar 4, 2014 9:21 PM by Brittany Aucion
Updated: Mar 4, 2014 9:21 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Joshua Hakken, Sharyn Hakken, tampa, hammond, mental health, court, kidnapping, cuba

TAMPA - Prosecutors say a man accused of kidnapping his two boys and sailing to Cuba last year faked a mental illness.

The bombshell was dropped during a court hearing today in Tampa where a judge was to determine the mental facility Joshua Hakken would go to for treatment.

Prosecutors say Hakken was caught on jailhouse recordings admitting that he was faking mental illness. This comes after a pre-trial mental evaluation in January found ruled that he was insane.

Police say Joshua and Sharyn Hakken lost custody of their boys, ages 4 and 2, after authorities found them in a Louisiana hotel room with drugs and weapons.

As a result of the revelations, the judge postponed the upcoming trial.

The father also faces charges in Hammond because he previously tried to take his sons from foster parents in Hammond.

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