Judge sides with Usher in child custody battle
By Kate Brumback, APATLANTA -- A judge in Atlanta dismissed an emergency request by R&B singer Usher's ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two children.
August 11, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Tameka Foster Raymond requested the hearing Friday, a day after the former couple's 5-year-old son got caught in a pool drain while in the care of the Grammy winner's aunt. After a hearing in which both Usher and Raymond took the stand, Superior Court Judge John Goger dismissed her request for temporary primary custody and decision-making authority.
Based on the evidence presented at the hearing, Goger said he wasn't certain anyone really could have done anything to prevent the accident. But he also advised Usher to keep his ex-wife well advised of his whereabouts and who's taking care of the children.
After the judge issued his ruling, Usher approached his ex-wife and gave her a long hug.
Usher Raymond V fell to the bottom of the pool and became stuck in the drain on Monday, according to an Atlanta police report. 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 emergency medical workers arrived, police said. The boy was still in the hospital Friday.
“They're just assessing him,” Raymond told reporters outside the courthouse after the hearing. “There is a lot we don't know. I mean you can't — it's only been a few days so we're very thankful that he's obviously alive but we still have to observe him and make sure that everything is OK.”
Usher left the courthouse in downtown Atlanta without speaking to reporters.
The filing had said the boy “suffered a near-death accident” while left unsupervised at Usher's home when the singer was out of town.