Usher Retains Full Custody of His Children Following Near-Drowning Incident
Usher continues to be victorious in his custody battle with his ex-wife, Tameka Foster. After an incident left the singer's 5-year-old son in the hospital Monday — Usher Raymond V had to receive CPR after his arm got stuck in a pool drain — a judge has ruled that The Voice star will continue to have primary custody of his children with Foster, Usher V and 4-year-old Naviyd.
Following the incident, Foster requested an emergency hearing, blaming Usher's absence for Usher V's near-drowning. In court on Friday, she claimed her son "had to be revived and brought back to life" Monday. "My son basically had died on the scene, from what I was told by the doctor," she said. (A judge dismissed the allegations as hearsay.)
Foster also claimed Usher waited an hour before telling her of Usher V's exact injuries. "I thought my son's arm was maybe broken, maybe playing or something, because I knew he wouldn't call me if it were a minor abrasion or a cut," she said. "But he called and said that my son had been cut and he was on his way to the children's hospital." Foster also claimed she was not aware that Usher V was under the care of the singer's aunt, instead of nannies the couple had approved to watch their children. (While taking the stand, Usher's aunt said she didn't recall if she left Usher V alone by the pool, and that she knows "how to take care of children.")
Still, the judge ruled in the singer's favor, telling Foster that "most people who cared for us or our kids probably didn't have all the qualifications that you required." Said the judge, "What happened here was an awful accident, and I don't know based on the evidence I've heard, had any single person been at the poolside, that one person could have done better than [the singer's aunt]."
Usher has had full custody of both his children since summer 2012 following the couple's 2009 divorce, despite Foster describing the singer as "an absentee father." "We don't see eye-to-eye," Usher told Oprah Winfrey during a taping of Oprah's Next Chapter . "The friend that I was to Tameka, I don't know that I could ever be again, because I really felt like we were friends. She made us enemies in a way that I could never understood. It wasn't until I was on the stand, where I cried, when I realized, 'Oh, this is an attack.'"