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Mercado, Deener and their lawyer exclusively joined BNC host Yodit Tewolde on an episode of Making the Case w/ Yodit. The couple, both vegans, think the removal of their children is an attack on their lifestyle. “Us being vegans, not consuming meat, not consuming dairy. None of these things are illegal,” Deener said. “We have no criminal background. We have no history with the department of children and family. So, the way they started the investigation with Amen’Ra and continued all the way up to this point when they took our daughter Ast, they were attacking what we represent,” he said. (Source: bnc.tv

 

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Despite good reviews from the judges, Mercado had been in the bottom three or two five times without being voted off. This led to her tying up with season one fellow 3rd place finalist, Nikki McKibbin, for the most weeks spent in the bottom three or two at the time until season fourteen 4th place finalist, Rayvon Owen, was featured in that same position six different times. Some commentators, including American Idol judge Simon Cowell, believed her style was more suited for Broadway than pop music. In February 2009, she participated in the opening of the American Idol Experience attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. On February 19, 2009, Mercado performed in her first live concert after the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008. It was her own concert where all the proceeds went to benefit the Amer-I-Can program, a gang-prevention program started by NFL great, Jim Brown. She performed eight songs in front of a sold out audience of about 4,000 fans.

“Do you not feel anything? You guys, I’m human,” Mercado tearfully asked the first responders on the scene at the time via an Instagram recording. “This is my baby. My baby is days old — and you’re taking my baby away from me. … You are traumatizing my baby. How could you guys do this? You have no heart. This is so wrong. I have the key to this city [which she was presented with after her Idol appearance in 2008] … I’ll hold it together. I’m strong.” (Source: www.usmagazine.com)

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In February 2009, she participated in the opening of the American Idol Experience attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. On February 19, 2009, Mercado performed in her first live concert after the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008. It was her own concert where all the proceeds went to benefit the Amer-I-Can program, a gang-prevention program started by NFL great, Jim Brown. She performed eight songs in front of a sold out audience of about 4,000 fans.

In a statement to E! News, attorney Ben Crump said, "Syesha and Tyron are being deprived of formative moments of their children's lives–moments that they will never be able to get back like witnessing their two children meet for the first time. There is no doubt in my mind that if this were a white family, DCF employees would have never questioned them or intervened. The cruelty, inhumanity, and bias that this family is suffering at the hands of DCF—the state agency in charge of children's welfare—is beyond alarming. We will continue to elevate this family's story and put pressure on DCF to reunite those precious babies with their loving parents." (Source: www.eonline.com)

Last week, Mercado broadcast an Instagram Live video showing sheriff's deputies surrounding her and Deener's car on the side of a road and telling her to surrender Ast. After pumping a couple ounces of breast milk in the back of her car into a bottle, the singer complies, sobbing, "How could you guys do this? Do you not feel anything? My baby is days old and you're taking my baby away from me." In February 2009, she participated in the opening of the American Idol Experience attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. On February 19, 2009, Mercado performed in her first live concert after the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008. It was her own concert where all the proceeds went to benefit the Amer-I-Can program, a gang-prevention program started by NFL great, Jim Brown. She performed eight songs in front of a sold out audience of about 4,000 fans. She completed the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008 which ran from July 1, 2008, to September 13, 2008. The songs she performed on the tour were "Umbrella" by Rihanna, "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys and "Listen" by Beyoncé. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

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Mercado, Deener and their lawyer exclusively joined BNC host Yodit Tewolde on an episode of Making the Case w/ Yodit. The couple, both vegans, think the removal of their children is an attack on their lifestyle. “Us being vegans, not consuming meat, not consuming dairy. None of these things are illegal,” Deener said. “We have no criminal background. We have no history with the department of children and family. So, the way they started the investigation with Amen’Ra and continued all the way up to this point when they took our daughter Ast, they were attacking what we represent,” he said. UPDATE: Syesha Mercado’s partner, Tyler Deener, announced in a video posted Friday (Aug. 20) that they had been reunited with their infant daughter, Ast, after handing her over to authorities earlier this month. “AST IS HOME!!!!” the four-minute video is captioned. “#BringRaHome POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!” The couple is still fighting for the return of their toddler son, Amen’Ra, who was put in foster care in February.

The news also comes as the singer, a finalist on the show's seventh season in 2008, and her partner Tyron Deener, continue to work to regain custody of their 18-month-old son, Amen'Ra. On Friday, Aug. 20, Mercado shared an Instagram Live video of her reunion with her daughter. The clip showed her smiling while sitting behind the wheel of a car with Deener and baby Ast, who sleeps in a baby carrier. (Source: www.eonline.com)

 

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