The American Idol singer, 34, and partner Tyron Deener revealed this past Friday how they have finally been reunited with their 2-week-old daughter Ast after they temporarily lost custody of her.
The good news was shared in a video posted to Mercado’s Instagram, where Deener informed their supporters, “Ast is back with us.”
Deener continued sharing, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart and my family for being there for us unconditionally.”
According to Deener, both he and Mercado are still working on regaining custody of their 18-month-old son Amen’Ra, who was taken by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) on March 11.
“We still got work to do to get Ra back, but we just wanted to say thank you because of y’all … we had the proper support to get the best attorneys in the country to be able to bring justice,” Deener informed followers.
In a GoFundMe set up in an effort to support the family, Mercado alleged that child service officials took Amen’Ra when she had taken the boy to a Florida hospital for fluids while transitioning from breastfeeding to the bottle due to her pregnancy at the time.
“On March 11th, our sun Amen’Ra was forcefully and legally kidnapped from us by CPS, who claim we refused a B12 shot that was a matter of life and death, which is an absolute lie,” she alleged on the website’s description. “We never refused a B12 shot, and at no point was he on the verge of death.”
A spokesperson for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Randy Warren, previously revealed to PEOPLE how an investigation was launched after authorities receiving 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.”
Warren added how deputies later “executed a pick-up order signed by a family court judge” for a second child.
Mercado posted a video of her family’s interaction with the deputies on Aug. 11, when both she and Deener received a court order to turn over Ast for a hospital checkup despite their claims that they have paperwork proving she had gone the day prior. Be sure to watch said video above.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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