‘This is Unjust!’: Social Outrage Grows as Donations Pour In to Help Former ‘American Idol’ Contestant and Partner Regain Custody of Children They Claim Were ‘Legally Kidnapped’

Support in the form of messages and money are pouring in to help former “American Idol” contestant Syesha Mercado in the battle to regain custody of her two children. 

Mercado and her partner Tyron Deneer claim the children were “legally kidnapped” after a visit to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. The couple’s nightmare began in March when they decided to take their 1-year-old son Amen’Ra to the hospital. Mercado had grown concerned about the child as he struggled to transition from solely being breastfed to solid foods and intake of fluids from a bottle.

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