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No bond for US couple accused of kidnapping kids

Thursday - 4/11/2013, 9:47am  ET

These photos provided by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office show Joshua Michael Hakken, left, and Sharyn Hakken. Joshua Michael Hakken and his wife,Sharyn, are accused of kidnapping their two young sons and fleeing by boat to Cuba. They were handed over to the United States and their children were returned to the maternal grandparents who have official custody, authorities said Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The couple are being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on a number of charges including kidnapping, child neglect and interference with custody, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said on its website. U.S. authorities say the Hakkens kidnapped there sons, 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase, from his mother-in-law's house north of Tampa, Florida. The boys' grandparents were granted permanent custody of the boys last week. (AP Photo/Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

MIKE SCHNEIDER
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida parents charged with kidnapping their boys after losing custody and fleeing to Cuba by sailboat have been ordered to remain in jail without bond.

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken made their first appearance before a Tampa judge on Thursday morning. They'll face a judge during a pretrial detention hearing on Monday on charges of kidnapping, child neglect, false imprisonment, burglary and interference with custody.

Four-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase are now with their maternal grandparents, who have legal custody. The children were taken from them last week. They planned to talk about the ordeal publicly later Thursday morning.

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken arrived with their sons in Florida early Wednesday, accompanied by federal, state and local authorities after being handed over by Cuban officials.


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