Two teenage siblings who shot to fame on America’s Got Talent have been arrested for refusing to leave their father amid a heated custody battle.
Kadan and Brooklyn Rockett were semi-finalists on the 2016 season of the FOX variety show, wowing judges and audiences alike with their magic tricks.
But the child magicians – known to fans as ‘The Rocketts” – have been embroiled in family drama in the years since, as their parents fight for custody.
Last week, Kadan, 15, and Brooklyn, 13, were detained in Farmerville, Louisiana after they failed to comply with police, who were trying to return them to their mother.
According to TMZ, the siblings have been living in California for the past several years with their father, Bart, but had returned to Louisiana for their grandmother’s funeral.
Video obtained by the news network shows police placing the two teens in handcuffs as they beg not to be separated from their father, who is seen watching on.
‘You do not have a choice, this is nothing to argue about. You have to go with us. Let’s go,’ one of the officers can be heard ordering.
‘I’m afraid,’ Kadan can be hears saying, as Brooklyn sobs at the thought of leaving her dad.
The officers read the pair their Miranda rights before placing them in the handcuffs.
Kadan and Brooklyn are pictured with their mom in an old social media snap
Louisiana police say they were simply following court orders, and the Rocketts were held at at the Glen Oaks Detention Center in Monroe overnight.
The pair appeared before a judge the following day, who allowed them to return to their father. The contents of the court hearing have been sealed.
Bart Rockett posed for a photograph with his two famous children following their release from the detention center.
My ‘babies’ are FREE and SAFE!!!! I am not allowed to post any court details at this time because of a gag order but I can tell you they are free and safe!!!’ he wrote beneath the snap, which he shared on Facebook.
‘Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the prayers and support!!!! We can never say thanks enough. I have tears in my eyes trying to type this. It appears this lengthy nightmare may just be over.’