Syesha Mercado, a Florida mother of two who has been engrossed in a longstanding custody battle over her son Amen’Ra since March, shared footage from a short visitation with the toddler.
“All of the affirmation, all of the prayers, all of the positive thinking and mantras, they’re shifting the energy and they’re doing exactly what needs to be done in order to bring our baby home,” she said in her Instagram story. “Literally I envision and I imagine him every day walking in that door just so happy and saying ‘Mama.’”
The video shows Amen’Ra playing outside in a park, caressing plants and feeling the earth beneath his feet, while Mercado plays the drums during their two-hour supervised visitation.
“It was just so refreshing to be in the sun with our son and to have him feel the rays on his skin and have him experience his culture — us drumming to him, us singing to him, us holding him and just being completely present,” she continued.
Amen’Ra was forcibly removed from Mercado and her partner Tyron Deener’s care after the couple took him to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for malnutrition concerns. Mercado’s breastmilk supply was drying up and the now 18-month-old would not accept any other fluids. Once the couple arrived at the hospital, Manatee County authorities placed the child in foster care.