ATLANTA – At about 4:45 p.m., an emotional custody hearing wrapped up in Fulton County Superior Court in which the judge dismissed an emergency request for change of custody.
Tameka Foster Raymond, Usher’s ex-wife, requested the hearing a day after the former couple’s 5-year-old son got caught in a pool drain at his Atlanta home on Monday. Atlanta police reported that Usher Raymond V fell to the bottom of the pool and became stuck in the drain. A housekeeper attempted to free him but didn’t succeed; then a contractor doing work at their home pulled the boy from the pool. When emergency medical workers arrived, the boy was “conscious, alert and breathing”.
Around 2 p.m., just before the hearing was scheduled to start, Usher and Foster Raymond arrived in the courtroom. The hearing had not started till 2:25 p.m. because lawyers first gathered in Judge John Goger’s chambers and after they returned to the courtroom, Tameka and her attorneys left the courtroom for 10 minutes.
Angela Kinley, Foster Raymond’s lawyer said that the hearing is not because her 5-year-old son got caught in a pool drain in his dad’s pool, it is because Usher Raymond IV doesn’t spend enough time with their kids and allows family and caregivers to take care of their sons. Her one son is 4-year-old and the other is 5-year-old.
In 2007, Usher and Tameka Raymond married and divorced after 2 years. They went through a lengthy child custody war. Last year, Usher was given full custody of the children after his divorce.
Foster Raymond had already requested the court for a change to the custody arrangement because she claims Usher spends most of his time traveling for work. According to Kinley, “What we really want to stress is she’s not assigning blame to anyone for this situation. This situation did not perpetuate the filing of the action. There is a petition that was filed previously. This just solidified some of the concerns she had previously.”. Kinley also said that Usher didn’t call his ex-wife to alert her of the accident until about forty five minutes after it happened.
After the hearing, outside the courtroom, Raymond told reporters, “They’re just assessing him. 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”.
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