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Trying to help human-trafficking victims get a new start in life, Florida lawmakers in 2013 unanimously passed a bill aimed at helping victims expunge records of crimes they might have committed under duress.

Bradenton Herald

Authorities say the mother of an 11-year-old Florida girl who was killed after being abducted in 2004 has died of a heroin overdose.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Officials say a 4-year-old girl will be reunited with her family in Lakeland, Florida, after she was driven to Tennessee by a man who took her from her home.

The Tampa Bay Times obtained a cache of prosecutors’ documents on Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, the parents charged with kidnaping their two young sons from their grandparents in Tampa and sailing to Cuba with them to seek political asylum. The documents show evidence that mental illness has been mentioned in connection with each of the parents, who picked up some themes from Tea Party and right-wing blogs about mind control, secret government plots and the “Illuminati.” Also mentioned in the documents: the couple’s heavy use of marijuana, which health experts said could have accelerated symptoms of mental illness.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, who are charged with kidnapping their two sons, are being held in the Orient Road Jail in Tampa. They were found in a marina in Cuba yesterday and were brought back to Florida early this morning. The sheriff says the boys will be returned to their maternal grandparents.

A plane has left Tampa for Havana, where it's believed the Hakken family will be turned over to U.S. authorities. Joshua Hakken and his family sailed to Cuba after he allegedly kidnapped his two young sons from a home in Hillsborough County last week.

CNN is reporting a correspondent in Cuba has spoken to a man who identified himself as Josh Hakken, the Louisiana man accused of kidnapping his two young sons from a home in Hillsborough County last week. Federal and Bay area law enforcement officials believe Hakken and his family sailed to Cuba after he allegedly took the boys from his mother-in-law, who had been given legal custody.

According to a press release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Joshua Hakken has reportedly brought his wife and the two young sons he allegedly kidnapped to Cuba. Sheriff's officials, the FBI and the U.S. State Department are attempting to confirm a tip they received.