Former “American Idol” contestant, Syesha Mercado, is pleading for help in reuniting with her 15-month-old son. Mercado, the third-place runner-up of the show’s seventh season, is seeking help finding her son, Amen’Ra, after he was “legally kidnapped.”
On Tuesday, the 34-year-old mother shared an Instagram video revealing Child Protective Services took her son on March 11 under false claims and “racially charged” questioning. She also revealed she set up a GoFundMe to help her pay for her legal fees and to help raise awareness of the “legalized kidnapping of Black babies through CPS.”
“Ra was transitioning from extended breastfeeding to the bottle,” she added. “My son was placed in a White foster home bypassing our qualified relatives for placement. THIS IS LEGALIZED KIDNAPPING!”
She also shared how a police officer told her it would be “just one night.”
However, Mercado says it’s lasted more than 53 days. “There are literally NO words that can express how I have to relive that day, every day. Every moment leading up to the decision to take him to the hospital. THAT specific hospital,” she said. “Black Women are so unprotected in this system. And I refuse to be silent and allow this to happen to another Black Woman or Child.”
Per the GoFundMe, which has raised more than $13,000, Mercado went to the hospital to get her son some fluids. She needed the fluids while he was transitioning from extended breastfeeding to the bottle-fed method. She alleges that her son was “forcefully and legally” kidnapped from her and her partner by CPS.
Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant Planning to ‘Fight Back’
“[They] claim we refused a B12 shot that was a matter of life and death, which is an absolute lie,” she wrote. “We never refused a B12 shot, and at no point was he on the verge of death. Our Sun (sic) 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 sun (sic), with no court order stating these visitation limitations.”
She’s also vowing to “fight back.” The “American Idol” alum believes that CPS should have never taken her son. “I refuse to let our story go unheard and unseen,” she wrote.
“We have hired a lawyer and started a campaign to help with our mounting legal fees, necessary expenses for medical specialists, and team members that will help us fight back,” she wrote. She also added how it will be a tough challenge to take on the U.S. foster care system. “To stand up against this system and its way of thinking [and] laws steeped in colonial times, we need your support.”
“We know our Sun (sic) is Strong and Protected by so much Light and Prayer. And hope our situation will help to bring urgent attention and calls for accountability to the increasing incidence of racial and cultural discrimination in the foster care system, and the trauma it creates within our community and within our homes,” she added.