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Two Florida Boys Back In The U.S. After Parents Abduct Them

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 4/10/2013Two Florida boys and their parents are back in the United States afte the parents abducted them to Havana, Cuba. Melisa Raney reports. The grandparents of 2-year-old Chase and 4-yar-old Cole are breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday morning. Their boys are back home. "Our grandchildren our safe we had an opportunity to talk with them before they left Cuba," says Bob Hauser, grandfather of the abducted boys. Authorities say the boy's parents, Josh and Sharyn Hakken, took them from the grandparents' home in Florida last week and fled. "In many ways as the sheriff mentions this was not your typical parental kidnapping," says Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee. Police had suspected Hakken and his wife escaped with the boys on this sailboat. It was spotted by a CNN reporter Tuesday in a marina in Havana. There was concern over whether the children would be returned because there is no extradition treaty between Cuba and the United States, but investigators say the country was cooperative. "They've been very supportive and very cooperative with all our requests in trying to make sure that we got the family back safely," says Gee. The parents lost custody of their children last year after police responded to disturbance at a hotel and found the Hakkens with drugs and weapons. The boys' grandparents say they are looking forward to spending time with their grandchildren. "To sitting, getting them in our arms and hugging them," says Hauser. Josh and Sharyn Hakken were booked Wednesday morning on federal charges of flight to avoid prosecution and several state charges, including, kidnapping, interference with child custody and false imprisonment.  
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