ATLANTA (AP) — The son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher has been released from the hospital after nearly drowning in an Atlanta pool, a lawyer for the boy’s mother said Tuesday.
Five-year-old Usher Raymond V was released from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite on Sunday, lawyer Angela Kinley said. She said Tameka Foster Raymond, the singer’s ex-wife, saw her son at school Monday when he attended orientation for the new year.
Police say the boy fell to the bottom of a pool behind the singer’s downtown home Aug. 5 and became stuck in the drain.
A housekeeper tried unsuccessfully to free him. Two men who were working at the home as audio-visual subcontractors were called to help, and the boy was eventually pulled from the pool then given CPR by one of the contractors.
Usher — who has recorded the multiplatinum R&B albums “My Way,” ”8701″ and “Confessions” — said in a statement last week that contractors Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews are “heroes” for saving his son’s life.
A day after the incident, a judge scheduled an emergency custody hearing requested by Raymond. A filing by Raymond’s lawyer said the boy “suffered a near-death accident” while unsupervised at Usher’s home when the singer was out of town.
But the singer’s lawyer said Usher’s aunt, Rena Oden, was poolside watching the children when the boy became stuck in the drain. John Mayoue also said Usher was at a music studio one highway exit away.
On Friday, Fulton County Superior Judge John Goger dismissed Raymond’s request for temporary custody.