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Parents accused of kidnapping boys, fleeing to Cuba appear in court

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The Hakkens in court Dec. 9 The Hakkens in court Dec. 9
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Joshua and Sharyn Hakken had a meeting with a judge Monday morning.

Authorities say in April, Joshua Hakken tied up his mother-in-law, who had custody of his children. Then, they say Joshua and his wife took the boys on a sailboat to Cuba.

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The parents were later arrested and charged with kidnapping. Their sons went to live with grandparents.

Related story: Hakken grandparents want "normal life" for boys


On Monday their defense attorney met with the judge to give an update as they prepare for next month's trial. The defense attorney is concerned that he may not be ready, so the judge asked him to return on January 6th to give another update.

Jury selection will begin on Jan. 27.

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