The Hakkens lost custody of their sons sometime after July, when authorities in Louisiana found them acting bizarrely in a hotel room. Joshua Hakken had marijuana, a gun, a knife and his sons with him, officials there said.
Police arrested him and put the children in foster care.
About two weeks later, authorities say, Hakken showed up at the foster home, waving a gun and demanding his boys back.
An incident report obtained by the Daily Star in Louisiana places both Hakkens at the scene. The newspaper reported that Sharyn Hakken knocked on the door. When a woman answered, Joshua Hakken jumped between them and demanded to see his sons.
When the woman asked him to leave, Joshua Hakken pulled a semi-automatic handgun, the report said. The woman locked herself in a bedroom upstairs and called the police. The Hakkens fled without the boys.
The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services still has jurisdiction over the children, but the state of Florida is overseeing the case on its behalf, said Terri Durdaller, a spokeswoman for the Florida department.
Durdaller declined to comment specifically on the Hakkens’ situation, but did say it is customary for another state to take over the management of a custody case if state lines are crossed when placing children with family members.
It was not clear Wednesday whether the Hakkens were living in Louisiana during the July 2012 event. The couple owns a home in South Tampa.
Other questions about the past week’s events are unresolved.
It is unknown what conditions the children were in during the boat’s trip to Cuba, what they were fed and how they were cared for, or what long-term effect the ordeal might have on them.
Upon their return to Florida early Wednesday, the children “were fine, happy and sleepy,” the sheriff’s office said.
Both parents graduated from the University of South Florida engineering degrees. Sharyn Hakken worked for Hanecki Engineering in Tampa for almost 10 years, and was a model employee, former employer Darrell Hanecki said.
“She was a very normal, laid-back kind of person,” he said. “She was very stable, and there didn’t seem to be any issues with her, so it was a total shock.”
She resigned in November 2011 to become a stay-at-home mom, Hanecki said.
“I just have no idea what happened to transform her family into what happened last week.”
Tampa Bay Times news researcher John Martin and staff writers Jessica Vander Velde and Elisabeth Parker contributed to this report.