The Rocketts, two kids with a love of magic who gained reality TV fame on “America’s Got Talent,” have been arrested amid their parents ongoing custody battle.
via Page Six:
Brother and sister Kadan and Brooklyn Rockett — who wowed Simon Cowell in the “AGT” semifinals back in 2016 — were arrested last week in Farmerville, Louisiana, for refusing to go with police who were attempting to return them to their mom, TMZ reported.
A Missouri judge ordered the heated handoff in the ongoing custody battle with their father. Kadan, 15, and Brooklyn, 13, have reportedly been living with their dad in California for years.
Local law enforcement sources told the outlet they had paperwork authorizing the transfer of the children, which stemmed from a 2019 court order issued by a Missouri judge.
In video footage of the tense confrontation around a kitchen table, the teens claim they are afraid of their mom — but a police officer sternly tells them, “You do not have a choice, this is nothing to argue about. You have to go with us. Let’s go.”
When the “AGT” magicians refuse to comply, PRESTO! The cop promptly starts reading them their rights.
“I’m asking you to go — or you will be arrested.” When they don’t immediately respond, the officer jerks Kadan by the arm and slaps cuffs on him as Brooklyn sobs and wipes away tears. Their father, Bart Rockett, can be heard saying, “I love you guys.”
The Rocketts’ mom and dad were divorced in 2010, and the battle for custody has apparently been raging ever since. There was a similar incident with the kids and Missouri police in October 2019.
Kadan and Brooklyn, who were in Louisiana for their grandma’s funeral at the time of the arrest, were held at the Green Oaks Detention Center in Monroe overnight.
A family court judge sealed the records — but the kids are back with their pops for now.
“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!!! (and very very very happy and hungry right now!!!! ),” Bart posted to Facebook, along with a photo snapped at the detention center. “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.”
Kadan later responded on his own FB page: “I’m going to write a book one day. Maybe even do a Lifetime movie.”
They need to get these kids in therapy ASAP. We can only imagine how traumatizing this entire ordeal has been for them.