Syesha Mercado regains custody of newborn daughter, son still in foster care
Syesha Mercado has won half of her battle with Florida Child Custody Services. Earlier this week, her partner Tyron Deener live streamed a dramatic and heart-wrenching scene involving Manatee County, Florida, sheriff’s deputies stopping the couple’s car on the road, before taking away their infant daughter AST. Now, Deener reported Friday afternoon (Aug 18), the newborn is back in their custody.
However, their son, Amen’Ra remains with authorities. Florida CPS took custody of Amen’Ra back in March, while Syesha was pregnant with AST and having trouble breastfeeding the boy. After taking taking him to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg with dehydration issues, CPS took custody of him, placing him in foster care.
Doctors claimed Amen’Ra would die without intervention
Investigators claimed that doctors called CPS due to concerns over Amen’Ra’s failing health. “Our investigators learned through medical professionals that this child was malnourished, underweight, very unhealthy, and we were also told by these medical professionals that unless he got the treatment that he needed, ongoing, consistent treatment, that he would die,” Randy Warren, the public information officer with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office told FOX network’s Tampa Bay affiliate.
Syesha’s partner broke the news on her Instagram page, streaming the announcement while he and Syesha drove back home with their child.
“We still have work to do to get Ra back”
“Just know our AST is home.” he said, turning the camera to show the infant in a carrier seat. “We want to say thank you,” But, he stressed, “We still have work to do to get Ra back…because of y’all and my family, we’ve had the proper support to get the best attorneys in the country to bring justice to AST…we still got to get Ra back, and we still got other babies…we got a lot of babies to get home,” he added, “Just know that through the people, through you all, we were able to counteract this unjust system, and this corruption to get our baby back.”
The family now has plenty of resources to pay for those expensive lawyers. After the video of their infant being taken away went viral, donations poured into their GoFundMe. The fundraiser has amassed more than $400K in funds.
Now that their newborn is back home, the couple will channel all their energy into getting their son, and others like him, back home. But in the short term, the couple plan on making up for lost time. Syesha was in the car alongside her partner and newborn, smiling ear to ear.
“We’ve been going through this for 6 months, trying to get Amen’Ra back,” Deener said. “And then they came at us and took our newborn. Because of y’all we have her back.” However, he said, “The work don’t stop. We got to get Ra back, and we got to get these other babies home.”
Deener expressed confidence that Amen’Ra “soon would be home,” he said.
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