Syesha Mercado is back with her son, Amen’Ra.
这 美国偶像 明矾, 35, revealed on Saturday that she and partner Tyron Deener have regained custody of their 20-month-old son after a months-long battle to bring the child home, sharing a video of their sweet family reunion on her Instagram.
“AMEN’RA IS OFFICIALLY HOME!!!” 她在标题中写道.
在镜头中, Deener explained though Amen’Ra — who the family previously claimed was taken by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) in March — is back with his parents, they must now go through “six months of supervision” from child services officials “to show that we’re competent and able to raise our own baby.”
Mercado spoke in detail about the ordeal in another video posted to her Instagram on Tuesday, sharing that she and Deener must now complete “weight check-ins” for Amen’Ra as well as have the toddler attend therapy sessions.
“We have to weigh our son. He’s not allowed to lose weight,” 她说. “He has to do therapies where they monitor his play … and he still has appointments.”
在一个 GoFundMe set up in support of the family, Mercado alleged that Amen’Ra was “forcefully taken from us by CPS” 在三月 11 after she had taken the child to a Florida hospital for additional fluids. 当时, Mercado was transitioning from breastfeeding to bottle due to her pregnancy with her daughter, Ast.
Randy Warren, a spokesperson for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, 以前告诉人们 that an investigation was launched after authorities received a tip about a child who was “suffering from severe malnutrition.”
“Ultimately the child, by order of a judge, was sheltered and treatment took place,” Warren said. “The parents refused to cooperate.”
A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Children and Families previously told PEOPLE that while specific case information is confidential, the department’s actions “are always to ensure the well-being of children.”
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In her 12-minute video on Tuesday, Mercado insisted that her son has always been healthy.
“When he was with us, he never had a cold. He never had a fever. He never had a runny nose,” 她说. “I was just a mother who needed assistance with something that is very common amongst mothers, and what has been done to my family is unacceptable. It’s sickening.”
According to Mercado, Amen’Ra has been “unnecessarily traumatized” by the experience of being removed from his parents.
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“All of this has been a nightmare, and we are still living in a nightmare,” 她解释说, “因为, right now, we are seeing for the past seven months how much our son has been through. We see it in his eyes. We see it in the way he plays. We see it in the way he tries to rest at night.”
While Mercado is pleased that her son is finally home, the singer said that she and her family are “still living this nightmare with the state monitoring us.”
“Know that this is not over,” she told viewers. “A victory to us is being out of the system, to be able to live happy, healthy and free … to not be discriminated against because we choose to live a holistic lifestyle.”
“We don’t get to parent how we want to parent. We don’t get to do that, at least for now. We’re under a microscope. It doesn’t feel right. This is not living,” 她说. “We just want to enjoy our baby and be left alone, but we’re forced to do weight check-ins, a bunch of therapies and people are gonna be coming to our house non-stop.”
“This is what life is right now, but I’m just gonna focus on my son [和] continue to instill that positivity within him,” Mercado added.
在八月, Mercado and Deneer temporarily lost custody of their newborn daughter Ast, 现在 2 月. The couple were reunited with their baby girl one week later.
Louis Baptiste, one of Mercado’s attorneys, previously said in a press conference that the children were placed in the care of an estranged relative.
“They’re not where they belong, and they’re not with the person that the parents would choose, and their setting is not a setting which the parents would choose,” 他说.