Sharyn Hakken's booking photo
Tampa, Florida -- Now that we know kidnapped children Cole and Chase Hakken have safely returned from Cuba, we can move on to the question of what exactly happened.
One of the mysteries we've puzzled over is the question of mother Sharyn Hakken's involvement. Was she forced to go along or did she willingly take part?
10 News has gotten some answers.
Both parents -- Joshua and Sharyn Hakken -- teamed up to kidnap their sons from Sharyn's parents' house a week ago. That's what a sheriff's spokeswoman told 10 News on Wednesday morning.
Not an innocent bystander, investigators say the boys' mother earned a Burglary with Battery charge by being involved in some way with that initial abduction and helping to take her young sons from their grandparents, who are their legal guardians.
What was her exact role? Deputies won't give out those details.
But Sharyn does not face a false imprisonment charge. Joshua does, indicating detectives think he alone tied up Sharyn's mother when the boys were kidnapped from the house and eventually taken all the way to Cuba.
"This was not your typical parental kidnapping," said Special Agent Dave Courvertier, who runs the FBI's Tampa field office. "And as this particular case goes forward, you may be able to determine that for yourself."
Four-year old Cole and two-year old Chase are now back with their maternal grandparents in the house in Tampa they were whisked away from a week ago.
Safe, and apparently unhurt.
"Our understanding is that they're doing well and, from a medical standpoint, all that will be checked out," Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said.
The Hakken parents will face a judge for the first time via a closed-circuit TV system on Thursday morning.
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