Tameka Raymond, Usher's Ex, Wants Custody After Son's Near Drowning

Image: Tameka Raymond, Usher's Ex, Wants Custody After Son's Near Drowning Tameka Raymond and Usher in 2007.

Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 12:18 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Tameka Raymond, ex-wife of "The Voice" judge Usher, is demanding custody of the couple's 5-year-old son Usher Raymond V after the child almost drowned Monday while swimming at his father's Atlanta home.

Tameka Raymond, 42, filed a request for a custody hearing Tuesday in Fulton County, Ga., a day after

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Sources told TMZ that Usher Raymond V's aunt was watching him and his 4-year-old brother Naviyd Ely Raymond Monday when the older child got his arm stuck while trying to retrieve a toy near the pool drain. The aunt and a housekeeper reportedly tried to pull him out but couldn’t. Two contractors who had been working inside the house were able to free him and give him CPR before he was taken to the intensive care unit.

Usher Raymond IV was not at home when he son almost drowned but arrived back in time to ride in the ambulance with his son, sources told TMZ. Doctors said the child is expected to make a full recovery.

The R&B singer currently has primary custody of Usher Raymond V and his other two children with Tameka Raymond, after the pair's very public 2009 divorce and 2012 custody hearings.

But after the drowning scare, Tameka Raymond wants full custody.

"The children are at risk while in the care of third-party caregivers," her legal motion indicated, according to NBC News, "while Usher travels around the world for his work-related obligations."

Tameka Raymond's 11-year-old son from a previous marriage died last year after being struck in the head by a jet ski.

"I'm still in shock," she told Entertainment Tonight in September 2012. "I think this will probably be the greatest pain I will ever experience, losing him. But, it gave me strength beyond measure and it made me determined to fight for my other [children]."

A custody hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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