Usher's Ex-Wife Says Their Son Died And Was Revived
Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka, come face-to-face in court for the first time since their five-year-old son nearly drowned in the family pool.
Tameka Raymond testified her son died and had to be revived, telling the court, "My son basically expired. My son had to be revived and brought back to life. My son basically had died on the scene. I don't know if my son is going to have a brain defect. I don't know that his heart is operating correctly. I don't know that my son is going to be 100 percent the boy that he was before this incident."
Tameka cried as the dramatic 911 call was played in court when she heard her son screaming.
Usher appeared to be still wearing a hospital ID bracelet after visiting his son's bedside.
The pair sat just a few feet apart, but pointedly ignored each other.
Tameka Raymond is demanding primary custody of their two children, Usher V and Naviyd. Tameka is claiming Usher is too busy with his commitments, including being a coach on The Voice to properly supervise the children. And she is alleging that the accident happened because there was no cover on the pool drain, allowing little Usher to trap his arm.
Aerial video, shot minutes after the accident appears to show that the drain cover was off. But Usher's attorney said the pool was serviced just that morning.
"That pool was service company was there that morning cleaning the pool and cleaning around this drain. No one since the time he started renting the home has ever informed Mr. Raymond that there's any issue whatsoever in safety with the pool," said the attorney.
Tameka lost her battle for custody of the children after a fierce court fight last year.
The first picture of Usher V recovering in the hospital after his brush with death was posted by the boy's mom on Instagram. She's tightly hugging Usher V, wrapping him in a blue blanket. At his hospital bedside, there are get-well balloons, gifts and a teddy bear.
Tameka tweeted: "My favorite 5 year old. What a blessing! I have always loved and appreciated my sons but tragedies and close calls make this even more evident. No words cannot express the relief and how thankful to God I truly am."
Meanwhile, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning about backyard swimming pools in the wake of what they called "the high-profile near drowning."
"The Consumer Product Safety Commission is encouraging residential pool and spa owners to have safer drain covers installed," a statement said.
Every year 300 children aged five and under drown in backyard pools. Fortunately, this little boy wasn't one of them.