TAMPA — Two young boys seem unaware their parents kidnapped them and believe their sailboat trip to Cuba was only a vacation, not a failed attempt by their mother and father to flee US authorities, the children’s grandparents said Thursday.
Patricia and Bob Hauser said they want to get the boys back to a normal schedule and ‘‘just be carefree little boys again.’’ The grandparents were awarded custody of the two before their parents kidnapped them, detectives said.
‘‘We haven’t asked the boys anything about the journey,’’ Patricia Hauser said at a news conference outside their house in suburban Tampa. ‘‘We’re just letting them tell us as things come out, if they feel like talking. We’re just treating it like a vacation.’’
Four-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase appeared briefly during the news conference to say ‘‘hi.’’ Cole jokingly struck a pose on the lawn for the cameras and stuck out his tongue. Chase held up his toy cars.
Their parents, Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, were charged with kidnapping the boys and ordered to remain in jail without bond.
Judge Walter Heinrich ordered them to have no contact with any of the victims or witnesses in the case.
They will face a judge during a pretrial detention hearing on Friday.
The Hakkens arrived in Florida on Wednesday with their sons and the family dog, accompanied by authorities after being handed over by Cuban officials.
Last year, police in Louisiana arrested the Hakkens in a hotel room on drugs and weapons charges, authorities said.
Their two children were in the room at the time.