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Hakkens will be back in court Friday, no bond set today

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The parents accused of kidnapping their young sons and sailing to Cuba faced a Hillsborough County judge Thursday morning and will face a second one on Friday.  Sharyn and Joshua Hakken are each charged with kidnapping and child neglect, among other crimes. A judge denied them bond Thursday morning.

The Hakkens stood out from the sea of other inmates in orange at their first court appearance.  They were wearing red outfits, designated for inmates considered high risk due to violence or publicity.

"You have an additional situation because of the nature of your charges, the media, the press is here and has an interest in your cases," Judge Walter Heinrich explained to Sharyn Hakken.

Judge Heinrich said the Hakkens could no longer have any communication with the alleged victims in their cases, which are their young sons Cole and Chase.

The Hakkens will be back before a judge Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. for a bond hearing. Judge Heinrich said witnesses will could testify at tomorrow's hearing.

The public defender's office will represent the couple because they claim they can't afford to hire an attorney.

Joshua Hakken is accused of tying up his mother-in-law April 3rd and taking his sons away in her car.  The alleged abduction happened the day after a Louisiana judge gave the boys' maternal grandmother, Patricia Hauser, full custody of the 4 year-old and 2 year-old. 

FBI agents said Cuban authorities found the family aboard their sailboat Tuesday at a marina near Havana.  Local, state, and federal authorities flew the couple and their sons back from Cuba early Wednesday morning.  The boys and family dog were quickly reunited with their grandparents while Joshua and Sharyn Hakken were taken to the Hillsborough County jail on Orient Rd.

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