Usher's ex-wife asks for custody hearing after son's near drowning
Atlanta • Usher's ex-wife asked for an emergency custody hearing a day after one of the pair's sons nearly drowned in a pool at the singer's Atlanta home.
A lawyer for Tameka Foster Raymond filed the request in Fulton County Superior Court on Tuesday. The court filing says the boy "suffered a near-death accident" while left unsupervised in a pool at the Grammy winner's home. A judge has set a hearing for Friday.
A lawyer who has previously represented Usher in the custody dispute did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, and her office said she was scheduled to be in court all week.
Atlanta police have said 5-year-old Usher Raymond V fell to the bottom of the pool and became stuck in the drain on Monday. A housekeeper tried unsuccessfully to free him. A contractor doing work at the home pulled the boy from the pool and performed CPR.
The boy was "conscious, alert and breathing" when paramedics arrived, police said. The boy was in the intensive-care unit of a hospital being treated for his injuries, Tameka Raymond's court filing says.
Usher Raymond V is one of two sons of Usher and Tameka Raymond, who divorced two years after getting married in 2007. The singer went through a long legal fight with his ex-wife and was awarded primary custody of his two sons last year.
Usher has failed to discuss issues affecting the children with Tameka Raymond and leaves the children with caregivers when he travels around the world for work rather than parenting them himself, Tameka Raymond said in a sworn statement attached to the court filing. It isn't in the best interests of the children to be left in the care of third-party caregivers, and Tameka Raymond is capable of caring for the children, the statement says. The children have said they'd rather be with her than with caregivers, the statement says.
The near drowning of the singer's son comes nearly a year after Tameka Raymond's 11-year-old son, Kile Glover, died after being critically injured in a boating accident. The boy, who was the stepson of Usher, was run over by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta.