EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMother Of Singer Usher Seeks Custody After Boy Nearly Drowns
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: ABC News
Reported: Aug. 7, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 7, 2013 4:10 PM EDT
The mother of singer Usher's 5-year-old son has filed for custody following a poolside accident when the boy almost drowned, ABC News reported.
Tameka Raymond, 42, has filed for custody of Usher Raymond V in Fulton County Superior Court after her son was rushed to the hospital earlier this week.
The mother of the boy and ex-wife of singer Usher Raymond filed for an emergency custody request late Tuesday, which is being processed now. Emergency custody orders are used when it appears to the court that removal of the child is in his or her best interest.
According to reports, the boy was playing by the pool and got his arm stuck in the drain. After a few attempts to free the boy, two men working nearby were able to intervene and one was able to resuscitate him.
Usher Raymond, 34, was not present at the time of the accident, and Tameka Raymond asked that the hearing be set for Friday.
According to the motion obtained by ABC News, Tameka claims there is a “substantial change in circumstance materially affecting the welfare of the minor children.”
In the motion, Tameka Raymond accuses Usher of “negligence and failure to properly supervise the minor child.” She also claims he uses “third-party caregivers” as much as 85 percent of each month, when he is out of town working on “The Voice” and his new album.
She also mentions Usher’s failure to discuss parenting issues with her, including the school the children are enrolled in, which is an hour away from her home.
“The Voice” star and Tameka Raymond were married in 2007 with Usher Raymond V born later in the year. The couple had another child Naviyd Ely one year later, but divorced in 2009.
ABC obtained the 911 call from Usher Raymond’s aunt Rena Oden to police Monday asking for an ambulance.
“My nephew was in the pool, and he went in and I couldn’t get him,” she said on the tape, while out of breath.
Oden is heard on the tape asking the men if the boy is breathing, to which they respond, “Yes.”
Raymond and Usher have not yet responded to requests for comment.
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