By Carson Chambers
TAMPA, Fla. (WFTS/CNN) - Their love letters are filled with handwritten poetry, song lyrics, and even a marriage proposal. The letters detail a relationship between a 26-year-old Tampa woman and former inmate and a Tampa mother, Sharyn Hakken.
Hakken is facing serious charges for kidnapping her two young boys and sailing them to Cuba with her husband.
"As far as it being on the news, we had no idea," said former inmate Lacrecia White.
No idea that personal love letters with handwritten poetry, song lyrics, and even a marriage proposal she exchanged with a fellow inmate at the Falkenburg Road Jail would become part of a high-profile kidnapping case.
"She's facing three punishable by lifes right now and she can still wake up every day and her yoga and stay positive," said White.
White is a former jail inmate who met Sharyn Hakken playing cards in July in Hillsborough County's female lockup. She says she had learned about Hakken from the news. Hakken's the Tampa mom facing serious charges for kidnapping her two young boys and sailing them to Cuba with her husband.
"She's blaming herself for putting her kids through what they went through, for putting herself through what they went through, her family what they went through," said White.
White, who's been released on probation, spoke exclusively to ABC Action News, saying she believes Hakken was manipulated by her husband, Josh.
"Knowing how she always sees the positive in everything, I can easily see it that she was taken advantage of," said White.
Their love letters are now public record due to the high-profile nature of the Hakken's case.
In one letter Hakken writes "I want to talk to you and hear your voice sooo bad." "So how are you my beautiful girl? I miss you so much. I'm glad I stayed up to late writing you last night. I love you so much. I hope you really do know that by now. I am 100% committed to you and our relationship!"
But White says Hakken's number one commitment is her boys.
"I know that her overall goal is to get her kids back. She says that when she gets out of jail, she wants to start in with a case plan, if that's even possible," said White.
Whether or not Sharyn Hakken will ever be released is questionable.
"We'll definitely keep writing each other. I need her support and she needs a friend right now," said White.