Judge denies Usher’s ex-wife custody of sons after accident

(Reuters) – A judge in Atlanta on Friday denied the…
ex-wife of R&B singer Usher temporary primary
custody of their two children after one of them was
hospitalized following a swimming pool accident at
Usher’s house.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge John J. Goger
dismissed the motion for primary custody filed on
Tuesday by Tameka Foster, saying that there was no
reason for the singer to relinquish primary custody
because of one accident.
Usher, 34, has custody of 5-year-old Usher Raymond
V and his younger brother Naviyd, 4.
The Grammy winner and coach on NBC’s TV singing
contest “The Voice” won custody of the boys last
year. He was married to Foster, 42, from 2007 to
2009.
In her court filing, Foster had alleged that Usher
failed to personally exercise physical custody of the
children by using caregivers and also traveled
excessively, which took away from his parenting time.
The singer, whose full name is Usher Raymond IV,
was not at his Atlanta area home on Monday when
Usher Raymond V’s arm got caught in a swimming
pool drain when he tried to retrieve a toy.
The boys’ aunt, Rena Oden, and two other women
tried to pull the child free but could not. Contractors
installing audio-visual equipment at the house
jumped into the pool, rescued him and administered
CPR.
“What happened here was an awful accident,” Goger
said when explaining his decision. “Based on the
evidence here, I’m not certain that one person could
have done any better than Ms. Oden. Ms. Oden did
impress me.”
Usher, Foster and Oden all testified at the hearing.
The boy is recovering in an Atlanta hospital and is
expected to be released on Sunday, Usher’s attorney
said.
Last year Foster’s older child and Usher’s stepson,
11-year-old Kile Glover, died after suffering a brain
injury during a jet-ski accident.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Mary Milliken
and Mohammad Zargham)

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