Usher to keep custody of his 2 young sons
R&B singer Usher waits for a child custody hearing to begin, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Atlanta. A judge in Atlanta is set to hear arguments in the child custody battle between Usher and his ex-wife. Tameka Foster Raymond requested the hearing earlier this week after the former couple's son got caught in a pool drain while in the care of Usher's aunt. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
ATLANTA (AP) — R&B singer Usher will hold on to primary custody of his two young sons.
A judge in Atlanta on Friday dismissed an emergency request by Usher's ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two children.
Tameka Foster Raymond requested the hearing a day after the former couple's 5-year-old son got caught in a pool drain while in the care of the multi-Grammy winner's aunt at Usher's Atlanta home. Fulton County Superior Judge John Goger dismissed her request for decision-making authority after hearing from both sides in court.
After the judge issued his ruling, Usher approached his ex-wife, who broke down while testifying, and gave her a long hug.
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 the 34-year-old Usher to keep his ex-wife well advised of his whereabouts and who's taking care of the children.
Tameka Foster Raymond, left, reacts after the playing of a 911 tape from when her son got caught in a pool drain during a child custody hearing with her ex-husband, R&B singer Usher, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Atlanta. A judge in Atlanta is set to hear arguments in the child custody battle between Usher and his ex-wife. Tameka Foster Raymond requested the hearing earlier this week after the former couple's son got caught in a pool drain while in the care of the Grammy winner's aunt. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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, who has recorded multi-platinum R&B albums "My Way" and "8701," left the courthouse in downtown Atlanta without speaking to reporters. He also has several chart-toppers including "Nice & Slow," ''U Remind Me" and "Love in This Club."