In a truly sad story out of Florida, 2 and 4-year-old brothers Cole and Chase Hakken have been allegedly taken from their grandparent's house by their biological father and mother. The two are said to be "armed and dangerous" as well as "anti-government." The two had lost their parental rights.
The boys were taken on Tuesday and authorities have just found the father's abandoned 2006 GMC in a parking garage a couple states away. The emotional grandmother who was tied up with zip ties, managed to free herself to call 9-1-1.
It's a terribly sad story because, as a parent, obviously it is easy to understand why these two are broken hearted over losing their children. But there is a reason, I am sure. Typically, children are not just taken from families without good cause, so one has to imagine these children are in danger.
This is also not the first time they have been in trouble for pulling a gun. The first time, they kidnapped their own children from foster care.
From what I can gather, it seems the parents are mostly in trouble for being vocally anti-government, possibly smoking marijuana around their toddler sons (according to some neighbors' claims) and attending an anti-government rally, and were later arrested for creating a disturbance at their hotel where police found drugs, weapons, and the two boys.
The boys were removed.
It is very hard to know how to feel about this case. Obviously, these parents were not allowed to see their children and should have respected that. Clearly the grandmother even agreed with the ruling or she would not have seemed so terrified by them being with the parents. And yet, why were these children taken when so many other children remain in dangerous homes?
I am not typically one who believes in conspiracy theories, but in this case, it does raise some questions: were the parent's political beliefs part of what got the children removed?
Now, no one does themselves any favors by brandishing weapons and taking children by force from their foster homes. But who wouldn't react desperately to their children being taken from them?
I don't know enough about the case to say with any certainty and I do tend to be someone who trusts our government and believes in due process. But even so, something in this case does not sit right. Clearly the authorities are worried enough about these children's safety to issue an Amber Alert. But it sounds to me like two desperate people willing to do anything to get their kids back.
Do you think there is more to this case than it seems?
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