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‘America’s Got Talent’ Alum Skilyr Hicks Arrested For Underage Drinking

Hicks, a singer who appeared as a teen on ‘AGT’ in 2013, reportedly skipped her arraignment twice before getting arrested.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Skilyr Hicks, a former contestant on “America’s Got Talent,” was arrested earlier this week for underage drinking.

The 20-year-old singer was taken into custody in Findlay, Ohio on Tuesday and charged with one count of sales to/use of alcohol by an underage person, according to online booking records. The incident itself occurred in October, but the warrant for Hicks’ arrest was issued the following month, TMZ reports.

Prior to her arrest, Hicks skipped her scheduled arraignment in October and failed to appear a second time when the hearing was moved to November, prompting authorities to issue a bench warrant for her arrest, according to court documents obtained by Fox News. She remained in police custody as of Thursday, TMZ reports.

Hicks' latest arrest apparently is not her first. She was arrested and charged with domestic violence last year, and even served time in jail, after she allegedly assaulted a number of her family members, including her grandmother, while heavily intoxicated, according to Fox News. When police arrived and administered a breathalyzer test, the singer-songwriter reportedly blew a 0.126.

Following Hicks’ arrest last year, her family addressed the controversy in an interview with Georgia’s WRDW-TV. Skilyr’s sister Breelyn, who was scratched and hit during the alleged assault, told the outlet that she didn’t want her sister to go to jail. She described Skilyr’s drinking as a way of “self-medicating.”

“Yeah, basically she kind of uses it so she doesn’t have to feel,” Breelyn said.

Before her arrests, Hicks wowed audiences as a teenager in 2013 when she appeared on NBC’s talent show and performed an original song that she’d written as a tribute to her late father. She was only 14 years old at the time.

[Photo: Hancock County Sheriff]