The Florida parents charged with kidnapping their sons and fleeing to Cuba on a boat will stay behind bars without bond after the didn't attend a hearing Friday in Tampa, a day after making their first appearance before a judge since being turned over to U.S. authorities.
Sharyn Patricia Hakken, 34, and husband Joshua Michael Hakken, 35, had been scheduled to appear in court at a 10:30 bond hearing. The two were denied bond Thursday by Judge Walter Heinrich, who ordered they have no contact with any of the victims or witnesses in their case.
Both have been appointed public defenders.
The Hakkens are facing several charges including kidnapping, child neglect, burglary and interference with custody, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office jail records.
According to an affidavit released Friday, Joshua Hakken spent weeks loading the family's boat with supplies.
The affidavit says an unidentified witness told a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detective she had sold Joshua Hakken a boat for $3,500 in January.
The witness said Hakken would visit the boat once a week and load boxes of supplies into the cabin. On the day the family disappeared, the Hakkens told the slip owner they were heading to Key West and possibly South America.
Four-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase are now with their grandparents, who spoke with reporters at a news conference outside their home in Tampa Thursday.
The grandparents had been granted custody of the boys last week. That's when police say Joshua Hakken broke into the home, tied up his mother-in-law, took the children and eventually set sail for Cuba.
Federal, state and local authorities searched by air and sea for the sailboat Joshua Hakken had recently purchased. They were later found in Cuba, thanks to a crucial tip from the person who sold the boat to Hakken.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives and state and federal authorities flew to Cuba to pick up the Hakkens, who arrived at Tampa International Airport at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff's office said.
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