REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – 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 Tuesday 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.