American Idol's Syesha Mercado Video Watched 1.8M Times: 'They Took Our Baby Again'

An Instagram Live video has shown the harrowing moments when American Idol star Syesha Mercado and her partner Tyron Deneer lost custody of their newborn daughter at a roadside check in Florida.

The hour-long video titled "They took our baby again," had been seen more than 1.8 million times as of Saturday morning.

In it, Manatee County sheriff's office deputies show the couple a court order at the side of the road to turn over their then 10-day-old baby to the authorities for a hospital check-up, the Miami-Herald Tribune reported.

It comes only five months after Mercado lost custody of her son Amen'Ra, now 18 months old, whom she has said was "forcefully and legally kidnapped" by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Footage of Wednesday's incident shows deputies surrounding an SUV that Mercado, her newborn baby and Deener are in. Mercado is distraught as officers demand to take the infant to a hospital.

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"Do you not feel anything? You guys, I'm human," Mercado says in the video filmed by her partner, "This is my baby. My baby is days old, and you're taking my baby away from me."

She can be heard telling female caseworkers, "do you have children?" and "you have no heart," adding, "this is so wrong."

"My baby is healthy, my baby is happy," she added.

The child is in state protection following an August 12 court hearing, according to Donisha Prendergast, a founder of the organization We Have the Right to be Right, which is supporting Mercado, the Miami Herald-Tribune reported.

It comes as the couple continues to fight for the return of their son who was placed in foster care after they went to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg on February 26.

The couple had sought medical help because they were concerned after Mercado's breast milk started to run dry and the baby would not accept other liquids.

However, the child was put into foster care after he was discharged, following allegations of malnutrition.

Singer Syesha Mercado
Singer Syesha Mercado at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Video of her baby being taken away by Florida authorities has gone viral. Greg Doherty/Getty

Mercado was also accused of not allowing her son to get a B12 shot that the hospital recommended, a claim she denied.

In their fight to get their son back, the couple had asked caseworker interactions to go via their lawyer.

Child Protective Services (CPS) investigators were refused entry to the couple's house after the birth of their daughter. The authorities then got a judge's approval for a welfare investigation and to remove the baby, according to audio on the Instagram video.

The couple has set up a GoFundMe page to pay for their legal bills and there has been a spike in donations following Wednesday's incident, with the total hitting more than $293,000 as of Saturday morning.

Mercado was given a key to the city of Sarasota in 2008 after she finished in the top three in American Idol. She has also enjoyed success on Broadway.

Newsweek has contacted the Manatee County Sheriff's Office for comment.