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Home Arts & Entertainment Originally published August 10, 2013

Judge Sides with Usher in Child Custody Battle

by Associated Press

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    In this photo combo, R&B singer Usher, left, poses for a picture after a ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in New York, Wednesday, July 3, 2013; and at right, Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond looks on during a recess in court for a custody fight involving their two sons Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Atlanta. A judge in Atlanta is set to hear about a child custody battle between Usher and Raymond. Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger set the hearing for Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Raymond requested the hearing earlier in the week after the former couple’s son got caught in a pool drain while in the care of the Grammy winner’s aunt. Photo/Seth Wenig, David Goldman (AP Photo)



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ATLANTA (AP) — 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 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.