AMERICAN Idol alum Seysha Mercado broke down in tears during an anguished press conference about her two children being taken away from her by the Department of Children and Family Services.
Syesha and her partner Tyron Deneer, painfully addressed how their second child was taken from them by Manatee Sheriff’s and DCF last week- a recording of the upsetting incident went viral.
Syesha said through tears: “I am a first time mom and I’ve been deprived of holding my babies, and feeding my babies. I didn’t get to see Ra say mama for the first time.
“I didn’t get to see my babies meet for the first time, I didn’t get to see that and I can’t go back and redo that moment, I will never be able to go back and redo that moment.”
She continued: “I’m just missing out on so many precious moments, such a precious time. I feel my daughter. I feel when she’s hungry and when she’s crying. And I, I can’t do anything. She’s not here with me.
“She is supposed to be here with me. I am supposed to be comforting my daughter, I’m supposed to be loving my babies.”
She added: “I’ve been deprived of that & I don’t know how to articulate it. It hurts so bad.”
Syesha said despite their pain, “The only way we get through is there’s just a strength that comes every day to get us through the day. And we just stay focused on them bringing them home.”
Tyron, who is the father of her two kids said: “Our children should have never been taken from us in the first place. We are law abiding citizens. We have no criminal background and we have no history with the Department of Family Services.
“My wife has had two of our babies ripped from her in such a level of trauma that most can’t even understand.”
The father continued: “We wake up every single day and we have to look at our baby setup, and look at their swings and they’re not here. And we have not committed any crime.
“We have not abused our babies, we have not done anything that is irresponsible as parents.
“We have law enforcement watching us and tracking us and listening to us every single second as if we have a criminal background.”
He added: “So this can happen to us, this can happen to anybody.”
Famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump joined the family’s press conference, in addition to the couple’s legal team.
The moderator thanked several influencers and celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, for bringing attention to the parents’ plight at the end of the presser.
COPS GET INVOLVED
In the video that went viral last week, Syesha screamed and sobbed as police took away her 10-day-old baby five months after she alleged her first child was “legally kidnapped.”
Due to past custody issues with the state of Florida over her firstborn with Tyron, Syesha and her attorney were allegedly ordered to file paperwork if they had anymore children.
The couple said they had brought their first born to John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for help because they were concerned about malnutrition after Seysha’s breast milk supply started to run dry, and their son would not accept other fluid.
The Manatee Sheriff’s Department told The Sun: “We concluded an investigation in March of 2021 after receiving information through the abuse hotline about a child at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital who was suffering from severe malnutrition/failure to thrive.
“Ultimately the child, by order of a judge was sheltered and treatment took place
“The parents refused to cooperate. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Child Protection Investigation Division was no longer directly involved and Safe Children’s Coalition (case management) handled the case from there, including the most recent decision to shelter a second child born into the parent’s care.”
The sheriff added: “On 08/10/21 we executed a pick-up order signed by a family court judge. We are not able to comment further.”
Additionally, the St. Petersburg Police Department revealed to The Sun that the couple were issued a trespass warning at All Children’s Hospital on March 11th.
The trespass warning said they were permanently barred from the hospital.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is the custodian of records, release of additional information would come from them. As you may also know, in Florida much of the information on these cases is confidential.
The cops and child protective services team present during the encounter claimed proper paperwork wasn’t filed with officials – leading to the police stop and their reasoning for taking the newborn.
The American Idol alum – who placed third on the the show in 2008 behind David Cook and David Archuleta – posted the more than hour-long traffic stop to her 107,000 Instagram followers.
‘THIS IS SO WRONG’
The clip begins with Tyron filming with his phone from the driver’s seat of the car as Syesha is in the backseat cradling their baby.
“We’re currently detained by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department,” Tyron said with a disappointing expression while adding that an “unmarked” law enforcement vehicle had allegedly been waiting outside their home and followed the family.
“We’re surrounded… they’re warning us to turn over our newborn,” he told his attorney over the phone of the Sherriff’s presence at the scene.
The couple continue to reiterate for several more minutes that their baby is “healthy” and just had a doctor’s checkup but insist they’ll take her to a hospital if there is any concern.
“You have no heart. This is so wrong,” the heartbroken mom told the men and women taking away her baby as she broke down in tears.
She then claimed that their attorney had the paperwork and “all they had to do was call” to sort the matter out.
Despite Syesha hysterically sobbing at her child being taken from her, the CPS workers present on the scene repeatedly told her to “hand over the baby” – showing little sympathy for the tough situation.
As Syesha complied and put the infant in the officials’ SUV, she continued to cry and yell that what they are doing “isn’t right.”
“You guys have created so much trauma, you have no hearts! You just expect me to come outside and be like, hi, guys, you’re my friends. You’re not my friends,” she exclaimed.
The baby is heard loudly sobbing and screaming in the background as his mother and father are forced to give her up.
‘UNBELIEVABLE AND TERRIFYING’
Syesha, who is still breastfeeding her child, pumped milk into a bottle for the CPS worker to take with her for the baby.
The video has been viewed over a million times and has received thousands of comments from people expressing their disgust over the encounter – which many say was “racist.”
One commenter wrote: “Oh my GOD that SCREAM…every single mother felt that scream. We all stand with you.
“You have a network of MOTHERS and FATHERS that are standing behind you, holding you. I am so, so sorry.
“This is UNBELIEVABLE. it is TERRIFYING. If they can take YOUR babies, they can take any of ours. We will help you fight.”
Their family ordeal started in March when the songstress claimed their 1-year-old son, Amen’Ra, was “legally kidnapped” by CPS after they went to the hospital for assistance with weaning.
“They claim we refused a B12 shot that was a matter of life and death, which is an absolute lie. We never refused a B12 shot, and at no point was he on the verge of death,” she said as their reasoning.
‘OUR SON WAS KIDNAPPED’
She then alleged racism was at the root of their troubles: “Our son has since been placed with a white foster family without interviewing qualified relatives or friends of our family for placement while they investigate.
“We are given limited information and presently only have weekly zoom visitation for an hour with our son, with no court order stating these visitation limitations.
“The racial discrimination that our community is facing right now is focused on Police Brutality because of the visibility and documentation. In particular, the Victimization of our children through the Foster Care System.”
“They become the forgotten ones, falling through the cracks because mothers and fathers are too afraid to take on the gigantic task of standing up to a way of thinking and laws that are steeped in colonial times,” reads her GoFundMe, which was initially created to help bring her first son home.
The family has received over $400,000 and counting from thousands of donations to help get their children back on a GoFundMe page.