Judge Sides With Usher in Child Custody Battle

Wife Tameka Foster Raymond wanted son after near drowning
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2013 4:10 PM CDT
Judge Sides With Usher in Child Custody Battle
This photo combo shows R&B singer Usher and Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond.   (Seth Wenig, David Goldman)

(Newser) – A judge in Atlanta has dismissed an emergency request by R&B singer Usher's ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two children. Tameka Foster Raymond had requested the hearing earlier this week after their 5-year-old son got caught in a pool drain while in the care of the Grammy winner's aunt. After a hearing in which both Usher and Raymond took the stand, Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger dismissed her request for temporary primary custody and decision-making authority.

Raymond's court filing had said their son "suffered a near-death accident" while left unsupervised at Usher's home Monday. Usher and Tameka Raymond married in 2007 and divorced two years later. They went through a lengthy child custody battle, and Usher was awarded primary custody of the boys last year. (Read more Usher stories.)

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