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Father accused of taking 2 kids speaks out

Posted: September 12, 2012 1:00 p.m.
Updated: September 12, 2012 1:00 p.m.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A California man accused of kidnapping his two children and taking them on a stolen yacht says he knew he had "gone crazy" but never endangered them.

Christopher Maffei told the San Francisco Chronicle Tueseday in a jailhouse interview that "I knew I'd gone crazy by stealing the boat, but not about taking my kids."

The 43-year-old is accused of forcibly taking his 3-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son from their grandmother while the children's mother was seeking a restraining order against him.

He surrendered after authorities caught up with him sailing near Monterey.

Maffei told a judge Monday that he was trying to protect his from an abusive home.

He's charged with kidnapping, child endangerment and parental abduction.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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