A video of a child protective services worker taking a newborn from an American Idol finalist is going viral. The incident, which took place in Georgia, has sparked outrage and questions about the safety of children in the foster care system.
The winner of american idol 2019 is a video that has gone viral. It shows the horrific moment when Child Protective Services seized a newborn from an American Idol finalist.
There’s always another perplexing, sad tale no matter which page you flip in the news these days. As a black woman in America, it may be difficult to stay upbeat and positive in a society that lacks empathy. Whether we want it or not, we must be “strong,” and “strong” is a term that rightly precedes us but isn’t always desired. Syesha Mercado of “American Idol” was taken away from her 10-day-old baby last week, and it was all captured on video as she wept hysterically. As Mercado’s newborn daughter screams out, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is seen taking her. This is the couple’s second child who has been “forcefully and legally abducted” by officials in the last five months.
Mercado, 34, her newborn baby, and her husband Tyron Deener, 36, were encircled by deputies and three backup vehicles for a surprise roadside welfare check. Four female CPS officials surrounded the SUV, one of whom requested that the infant be taken. They said she neglected to notify them when she gave birth to her new baby girl since she already had a child in state care, and that they had jurisdiction to remove her for a welfare check. Her first kid was stolen when she was only a year old, nearly seven months ago. Mercado allegedly refused to give the kid a B-12 injection, according to medical experts. Despite recordings showing a healthy and happy breastfed newborn boy, they claimed the child was malnourished, underweight, and extremely sick, and that he might die if not treated.
Mercado claimed that she never rejected the injection, but instead informed physicians that she wanted to wait for her spouse. As they prepare for a new kid, the holistic plant-based family breastfed exclusively and went to the hospital for assistance transitioning. Her kid was abducted as a consequence of her reportedly refusing a B-12 intramuscular injection, which hospital physicians advised.
“I am a pregnant, nursing mother who went to the hospital to obtain some fluids for my [kid, Amen’Ra], who is transitioning from prolonged breastfeeding to bottle feeding. On March 11th,… CPS took Amen’Ra forcibly and legally from us, claiming that we rejected a life-or-death B-12 shot, which is a complete fabrication. We never said no to a B-12 shot, and he was never on the brink of death. While they investigate, our [son] has been put with a white foster home without interviewing eligible relatives or friends of our family for placement. We are provided little information, and we now only get weekly zoom visitation for an hour, despite the fact that there is no court ruling specifying these visitation restrictions.” Due to previous accusations of malnutrition involving the couple’s son, police seized possession of the 10-day-old baby and brought her to a hospital for a medical examination.
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During the continuing legal fight, the couple requested that CPS contact with them via their attorney, which they did not do. A frantic Mercado is heard pleading with them by the side of the road, “My kid is healthy and joyful.” “All you had to do was make a phone call to the lawyer. We have all of the necessary documents…. All you had to do was contact the attorney to get my kid healthy and happy. All of the documentation is in our possession.” As the infant starts to cry for food, her husband can be heard asking his wife if she can feed her before they go. As they watched Mercado beg through her tears, the four ladies showed no emotion and stated they would not allow her to take the kid to the hospital.
“Do you have no sensations?” I’m a human being, you know. This is my little one. “My kid is days old — and you’re taking my baby away from me,” Mercado cries as four female child protective services caseworkers remain firm.
“THEY TOOK OUR BABY AGAIN!” wrote Mercado and Deener on Instagram after the incident. Multiple police cars flash their lights during the hour-long video, which shows two male deputies in defensive stance–hands near their weapon–serving the couple with a court order to give up their infant.
Mercado is the key to her community, ran a bullying campaign there, and finished in the top three on American Idol’s seventh season.
As a 41-year-old mother of an Afro-Latina daughter, I am terrified at the prospect of having to prepare her for life. Unfortunately, compassion, empathy, and understanding are becoming more uncommon and in short supply. The majority of people nowadays are preoccupied with their own lives and problems, but where has humanity gone? Everything is shattered by racial tensions, but is it really a fight between good and evil? We witness a lovely, educated family being condemned based on preconceptions. The sound of this mother’s anguish is one we’ve all heard before. The noises are the same as they were 600 years ago, and not much has changed. #BringRaHome
To watch the full video of the seizure, CLICK HERE, and to see official contradicting accounts, CLICK HERE.
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