Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, the
Florida couple who “kidnapped” their own children after a Louisiana
judge terminated their parental rights following a 2012 marijuana
arrest, could be facing life in prison.
The Tampa Bay Times: ;
Because weapons were involved, the Hakkens could be facing
multiple charges carrying lifelong sentences. Kidnapping for the
purpose of committing a felony and burglary with battery are both
felonies punishable by life in prison, Tampa lawyer Rick Terrana
“They are literally legal strangers to the children, therefore
it is straight-up kidnapping,” Marchese said. “They will have a
very difficult time in the criminal arena. You’ll never be able to
tell a biological parent, ‘You are no longer the parent.’ They
don’t understand that.”
That Times story came out lo April 10. A day later,
the paper reported that ;
Prosecutors also added one new charge: child abuse.
The couple inflicted “mental injury” on the children, according
to court records. If convicted, they face up to life in prison.
Child abuse is an odd, maybe even vicious, charge to levy,
considering that Chase and Cole believe they were on vacation.
The Times again: ;
The boys think they took a vacation to Cuba.
They have no idea that, according to deputies, they were
kidnapped by their parents.
On Thursday, a few hours after their parents made their first
appearance before a Hillsborough County judge, Cole and Chase
Hakken, ages 4 and 2, stood before a crush of media on their
grandparents’ front lawn. The boys flashed broad grins and held
The grandparents simply told the boys Thursday that people
wanted to take pictures of them because of their boat trip and
Bail was denied for both Joshua and Sharyn, which means they’ll
be jailed for the duration of their legal troubles, and probably
for long after. Their next hearing is on May 30, when we might see
some evidence that this tragedy had a point.
As of now, the only arguments I’ve seen that the Hakkens were a
danger to their kids is that they are a) marijuana users b) gun
owners and c) willing to use force to get their kids back. Oh, and
they distrusted the government. ;
about the Hakkens here. ; … Read More