Parents Charged With Kidnapping Kids, Fleeing to Cuba, Staying in Jail

Sharyn and Joshua Hakken had been expected to make second appearance in court in Tampa

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    Sharyn Patricia Hakken, 34, and husband Joshua Michael Hakken, 35, appear before Judge Walter Heinrich to face kidnapping and other charges. (Published Thursday, Apr 11, 2013)

    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.

    Hakken Children Meet With Reporters

    [MI] Hakken Children Meet With Reporters
    Cole and Chase Hakken, the children of Sharyn and Joshua Hakken, meet with reporters during a news conference at the home of their grandparents, Patricia and Bob Hauser. Sharyn and Joshua Hakken are accused of kidnapping the boys from the Hausers and taking them to Cuba on a boat, and have been arrested and charged. (Published Thursday, Apr 11, 2013)

    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.

    Parents Accused of Kidnapping Kids Booked Into Tampa Jail

    [MI] Parents Accused of Kidnapping Kids Booked Into Tampa Jail
    The Florida couple accused of kidnapping their own children and fleeing to Cuba on a boat were booked into a Tampa jail early Wednesday morning after they were handed over to U.S. authorities. Sharyn Patricia Hakken, 34, and husband Joshua Michael Hakken, 35, are facing several charges. Grandfather Bob Hauser comments. (Published Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013)

    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.

    VIDEO: Hakken Children Meet With Reporters

    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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