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Hakken grandparents want "normal life" for boys

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Patricia Hauser thanks law enforcement officers for helping find her grandsons Patricia Hauser thanks law enforcement officers for helping find her grandsons
Cole & Chase Hakken pose for pictures but didn't speak during the press conference Cole & Chase Hakken pose for pictures but didn't speak during the press conference
The family rat terrier Natty went with the boys to Cuba and back The family rat terrier Natty went with the boys to Cuba and back
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

The grandparents of Cole and Chase Hakken say they just want life to get back to normal.

Patrician and Robert Hauser spoke to the local and national media Thursday morning about the boys' kidnapping and recovery.  Mrs. Hauser said it would be their only press availability. 

Standing in front of their Tampa home at 11 AM, the Hausers thanked the community and law enforcement officials, especially the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.  

"You know, I think they were there for us. That's the important thing. They were just there for us. They were every time, very courteous, very understanding. They knew what the situation was," said Robert Hauser.

Chase and Cole Hakken posed for pictures but didn't answer questions. Both boys seemed healthy and in good spirits. The grandparents told them the trip to Cuba was just a vacation.

"They have been told that everyone heard about their sailboat trip to Cuba, another country, as they called it and their airplane ride back to America. And that everyone wants to take their picture. We ask that there be no mention of any events of the past week," said Mrs. Hauser.

Last Wednesday, Hillsborough deputies say the boys' father, Joshua Hakken, tied up his mother-in-law and kidnapped the boys.  The family, including the boys' mother Sharyn, fled to Cuba on a sailboat, where they were found earlier this week.  Late Tuesday night, the Hakkens were returned to Florida.

Thursday morning, Hillsborough County Judge Walter Heinrich ruled no bond for Joshua and Sharyn Hakken.  A bond hearing scheduled for Friday morning has been cancelled.  Judge Heinrich told the Hakkens they can no longer communicate with their alleged victims.

Mr. and Mrs. Hauser, who were granted legal custody of the boys before the kidnapping, say they're just looking forward to having a normal life again.

"I have said this a number of times, you never expect anything like this to happen to you. But I'll tell you going through it you just go one step at a time, our focus has been on getting those boys, now our focus is making sure that we go forward and they can lead a normal life," said Robert Hauser.

Patricia Hauser asked for privacy from the media as the family settles back down.  "We are trying very hard to shield the boys from media coverage and we want them to get back to a normal everyday schedule and just be carefree little boys again," said Mrs. Hauser.

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