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Usher accused of being negligent, absentee father by ex-wife

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In an emergency petition, Tameka Foster Raymond claimed her ex-husband's negligence resulted in the near drowning of their 5-year-old son Monday. 

Foster Raymond will ask a Fulton County judge to award her custody of their sons during an emergency hearing Friday.

According to the court document, "as a result of the negligence and failure to properly supervise the minor child, U.R., V, nearly drown[ed] in a swimming pool."

The boy, Usher Raymond V, was recovering Wednesday in an Atlanta hospital after he got his arm stuck in a pool drain at Usher's northwest Atlanta home on Monday. The R&B singer was not home at the time of the incident but his aunt was home.

According to the motion, the boy was unsupervised in the swimming pool. 

Usher and Foster Raymond also have a 4-year-old son. 

Foster Raymond's attorney, Angela M. Kinley, told CBS Atlanta News investigative reporter Jeff Chirico that the incident underscores the "lack of supervision" in the singer's home.

"He's not there. That's the problem," said Kinley.

According to the motion, Usher "is out of the Atlanta area in excess of 85 percent of each month.  

The motion goes on to state, "the minor children are at risk while in the care of third-party caregivers."

Usher is accused of not caring for the children daily because he is preparing to film a movie in Panama, shooting episodes for The Voice in Los Angeles and New York and working on a new album.

According to the motion, Usher stated that he "would rather the nanny raise the children" than his ex-wife. 

Usher's attorney, John Mayoue did not return Chirico's call for comment. 

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Lane awarded Usher custody of his two sons after a trial last year. Some were shocked by the ruling since Usher admitted he traveled often and would not always be home.

After the ruling, Foster Raymond's former attorney Lisa West filed a motion requesting Lane recuse herself because Usher's attorney, John Mayoue, had held Lane's only fundraiser the previous election cycle. That reception is believed to have raised 83 percent of the funds in Lane's coffer in a key reporting period.

Lane recused herself from the Raymond case in December and denied to Chirico that she was improperly influenced by Mayoue's involvement in her campaign. 

The emergency hearing on custody has been scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. before Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger.

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