Usher’s five year-old son almost dies in a pool accident

Just a year ago Usher’s 11 year-old stepson, from his former marriage to Tameka Foster, died following a tragic jetski accident. Yesterday tragedy struck his family again when his five year-old son, Usher V, got his hand stuck in a pool drain when trying to retrieve a toy from the bottom of the pool. Usher’s aunt, who was watching him at the time, jumped in and was unable to get the boy’s hand free. Luckily some contractors were at the house at the time and were able to get him out of pool and administer CPR. Usher V is currently in the hospital, and is said to be responsive. Here’s more from TMZ:

Usher’s son Usher Raymond V is in the ICU at an Atlanta hospital after a serious accident in a residential pool Monday, TMZ has learned.

Sources tell TMZ, the accident occurred yesterday just after 2 PM in Atlanta. We’re told Usher was not there at the time.

Here’s what we know … The child was playing in the pool with his aunt and saw a toy in the drain. He dove down to get the toy and his arm got stuck in the drain. The aunt immediately dove in to rescue him but couldn’t get his hand out. The maid then dove in and tried but was also unsuccessful.

The maid screamed for help. Two audio-visual contractors working in the house came out, dove in and freed the boy. One of them administered CPR immediately and rushed to the hospital. The boy was “conscious, alert and breathing. People connected with Usher tell us he rode with his son to the hospital in the ambulance, but according to the police report, Usher met his son there.

5-year-old Usher Raymond V is the oldest of Usher’s two sons with ex-wife Tameka Raymond. We’re told Usher and Tameka are currently at the hospital.

[From TMZ]

TMZ is now reporting that Tameka, the boy’s mother, has requested an emergency custody hearing. She lost primary custody of her two boys with Usher in August of 2012, following a lengthy and messy court battle. She’s going to argue that the boys are not safe with their great aunt and that Usher is not personally caring for them.

As for the horrible pool accident, it sounds like Usher’s aunt responded immediately, that she called for help right away, and that she did everything she could for the boy. I’m not sure Tameka is going to be able to get custody after this, but the important thing is that her son is ok now. I can’t imagine what she and Usher must be going through.

Photos from Usher’s Instagram

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  1. GiGi says:

    This woman is a pill. She lost custody of her children for a reason, I would suppose. And to take something which was clearly an accident and make it seem like negligence is just so low. And while your baby is still in the hospital? Ugh.

    • Sanaa says:

      Why did Usher get primary custody though? Good lawyers and muckraking private investigators? Or was she doing something dodgy?

      • GiGi says:

        His stance was that she wasn’t bonded with the children and was an unstable person. She admitted on the stand to saying she would make things up to gain custody, essentially. I don’t think she had primary custody of her older children, either.

    • Diana says:

      Absolutely. She sounds like a complete sociopath. Your child is in the hospital and all you can do is find a way to use this accident as a way to gain back custody?! Unbelievable…

    • minimi says:

      I have no stand on this fight and I know no details about any of the legal stunts pulled by one or the other. Still, I just wanted to add that I think it is understandable that a mother, who had lost a child just one year ago, would jump into some irrational behavior seeing that her 5 year old son almost died…From my point of view, it seems harsh to judge her that hard in this moment.

      • Diana says:

        You are right. I was totally projecting and am the last person to judge others.

      • OhDear says:

        Agreed – am side-eyeing her attorneys, though.

      • nicegirl says:

        I’m a mom myself, and I can understand being TOTALLY FREAKED about this kind of accident, NO MATTER WHO was charged with watching the children at the time.

        I am not sure I would handle the situation ‘rationally’, to be honest, if the accident occurred under the watch of adults with whom my trust had already waned. If my son gets a sunburn while under his dad’s care, I’m wondering about the amount of sunscreen that was applied, and when. I think it is natural as a parent when accidents happen to question – “HOW DID THIS HAPPEN if someone was watching?!” – and sometimes, even when there is a ‘reasonable explanation’, I can understand being QUITE UPSET.

        Water safety is critically important. I am so very glad to hear little Usher is still with us. We lost a classmate to drowning at an 8th grade end of year celebration many years ago – we had adults watching us, we had parental permission forms signed, and yet, none of us remain unscathed. Our 20 yr hs reunion is this weekend, and he is not a dr, the president, a homeless man, or even just 38 with kids, his family will never be the same, no matter whose ‘fault’ his death WASN’T. The adults who were there tasked with supervision are forever left burdened with their feelings of failure as well.

        So I would say, in my experiences, parental terror is not completely rational, but generally, unavoidable.

      • Ennie says:

        +1 minime.
        I totally understand.

    • floretta50 says:

      This is a disgusting case, that speaks volumes of what people with money can do and get away with. This is not the first incident that have been reported about these kids since usher got custody, it has been reported that they weren’t being cared for good enough by a baby sitter that is why the kids are now with a great aunt. Usher should never gotten custody of those children he doesn’t have the time to spend with them they are pawned out to relatives or baby sitters. He and his mother who feel no woman is good enough for her son rail road that woman being spiteful about child-support which millions of fathers have to give to their children. What should the kids mother do, wait until one of her children is dead? Put yourself in her place and stop the one sided nonsense any one of you would file for custody immediately fearing for the life of your children.

      • Mingy says:

        i completely agree, floretta. i don’t understand the shade being thrown at tameka..

      • TG says:

        I too am inclined to side with Tameka. I don’t really have a lot of info to go on because every move of this custody battle wasn’t covered by the media like they are for some other high profile celebs. That being said, I remember reading something about Usher’s lawyer being friends with the judge. Also that Tameka is concerned because the aunt disciplines the children harshly. If some b*tch touched my kids I would take care of her myself. I do know that Usher is one of those mamma’s boy celebs (Simon Cowell, Timberdouche and Kim Kartrashian also come to mind of celebs who are controlled by mommy) who can’t make a singe decision without mommy telling him what to do and that his brief marriage was his rebellion against his mom and you know how that turned out. I know Tameka almost died on a plastic surgeon’s operating table after suffering a heart attack but I guess being vain doesn’t make you an all around bad mom. I do know that when they got together I was convinced she was a gold-digger and too old for him and while that may be true it doesn’t make her a bad mom. I just don’t really know enough about her to know if Usher having custody is justified but I just get a feeling there is something shadey going on with him and the judge. Hope this all works out for the best for the kids. I think when her son died he was with his father and not her. By the way that aunt sounds like a really dumb woman if she can’t get a child out of the pool. I will keep reading the comments and hopefully someone will have more info on why Usher has primary custody.

      • jwoolman says:

        The aunt wasn’t “dumb” for not being able to extract the child from the drain. He wasn’t just down at the bottom of a pool, he was pulled in by the drain suction. The suction for those things is very strong. They may not have been prepared to shut down the power immediately since they were so focused on trying to pull him out. He’s lucky to be alive.

        Today there are apparently drain covers that protect against this kind of accident. I don’t know what if anything was installed in that particular pool. If it’s an older pool, it might not have been retrofitted with the more modern equipment.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        There are drain covers and pool alarms. Usher is ridiculously rich and there is no way he couldn’t afford having these installed and no excuse for why they weren’t there.

  2. lisa2 says:

    That poor baby. I pray he is ok. I can’t believe she is now suing for custody. but this is really some ugly drama between them.

    I hope people that have pools will install a cover for their pools. Covers save lives.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I hope the little boy will be alright. What a traumatic experience. It sounds like an accident, not negligence.

      I have heard so many similar stories about pool drains. I think they make a safer kind now that doesn’t allow a child’s hand or fingers to fit in so it can’t get stuck.

      • springingforward says:

        We lost a lovely little girl here in Minnesota a couple of years ago due to the powerful suction on a community pool drain.
        A law was passed to make them safer although I don’t think it would apply to private pools; the owner would need to request the new safer drain.

      • OutstandingWorldCitizen says:

        This horrible in light of what happened to his stepson but this woman is a pill. However as there things go especially after an acrimonious divorce her actions are par for the course. Basically I expected it.

        However I cannot believe he did not child proof his entire home including the pool. Pool owners with small kids are notified on safety upgrades. Even if it was an older pool he should have installed filter covers.

        Hope the little recovers with little to no trauma.

  3. Tessa says:

    How did a mother lose custody in the first place? Just because the father is rich and famous? I’m not in the loop on this story. And is it true that Usher’s aunt is their primary caregiver? A lot of things aren’t adding up.

    Obviously this was an accident and no ones fault, and the boy was being watched and the right protocol was taken…

    I just want to know what their mother did that was so bad that she lost custody of her kids.

    • GiGi says:

      I think she also had lost primary custody of her older children.

      Usher’s stance was basically that she was incapable of bonding with the children and that she’s unstable.

      • Liandra says:

        No one but the ones involved no know what’s going on but I agree being a social worker mother don’t often lose custody of their kids whit out a reason no matter how famous or rich the baby daddy is . There must be a valid reason. Frankly she acts a little shady. And being a mom first thing on my mind is the well being of my kid

    • FLORC says:

      Tameka is unstable. She’s nutty, but Usher knew this and they had children together. If Usher isn’t personally watching his kids and passing them off to a relative then Tameka should get some custody back. He can’t fight for them and then pass them off to an older relative. Isn’t he a scientologist too? I only ask because he may have wanted to raise them in that way and his ex wife took issue.

      • Esti says:

        The judge was told at the custody hearing that Usher’s relatives would watch the children while he was out of town for his career. In this case, though, it sounds like he was in the city, just away from the house at the time, since he was able to get to the hospital so quickly. Having family babysit while you work is not grounds for reducing custody.

      • fabgrrl says:

        Seriously? My mother-in-law watches my little girl every afternoon while I’m at work. I’m not passing her off, I’m just balancing life. You can’t seriously think parents spend 24/7 with their children. Why do we even need schools if that is the case?

      • TG says:

        Yes I too remember reading something about Usher being involved in the Co$ and if that is the case that would explain how he got custody. Not everyone is as smart as Katie Holmes, and also Katie has some real dirt on tommy girl whereas with Tameka it is pretty obvious that Usher is the dad so nothing to hide in the closet.

    • jwoolman says:

      She also lost custody to the not so famous father of her older son who died when hit by a rogue jetski. She has a history. It’s so rare for judges to grant custody to the father when young children are involved, it’s safe to assume the judge wasn’t swayed by money and fame. The mom has issues. In this case, the child was obviously well supervised although they need to look at childproofing the drain. Pools are a major cause of death for young children.

  4. mel2 says:

    CB the top picture is Usher’s youngest son Naviyd. Cinco is the oldest and the one who almost drowned. Anyway I am so glad that he’s okay. I am praying for his full recovery.

  5. DreamyK says:

    At some point Usher ought to consider keeping all his kids and step kids away from water sports. Not a happy track record.

    Also? Tameka is gross. Usher paid all the bills for her son’s ICU stay and this is the way she repays him? Emergency custody hearings? B*tch wasn’t even in the same state when her son was pulled out of the water in Georgia and then she accuses Usher of fakery in his grief about his step-son so he can buy some time before the custody hearing?

    She’s evil.

    • FLORC says:

      They’re both nuts. And they’re both Scientologists so showing emotion and having it affect you negatively is to be avoided. And just because a parent is out of the state when her child have a tragic accident doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting over the loss of a child. And Usher paid the bills because he considered the boy his own son.

      • Kiddo says:

        Hmm, I did not know that.

      • DreamyK says:

        Of course Tameka was crushed when her son, Kile, died. My point was simply that she’s a hypocrite. She wasn’t with Kile when he was injured and for her to get all over Usher because the Aunt was watching her nephew instead of Usher is utter BS.

        He paid Kile’s ICU bills because Kile was his boys brother and had been, at one time, his step son.

        Tameka on the other hand was on the phone with the lawyer probably even before she got to the hospital.

      • Emily C. says:

        That they’re both Scientologists makes everything a lot clearer.

        Don’t expect that pool to be childproofed. Scientologists don’t believe in protecting children any more than they would adults, because they believe children are adults.

    • Sanaa says:


      Usher had been a second dad to the boy. This kid was his childrens half brother. Paying those ICU bills wasnt some massive favor. It was an act of love from a man to a child he loved, had lived with and was related to through his blood children.

      I can see a woman who recently lost a child through accident, being tormented by another close call. Have a heart for godsakes.

    • TG says:

      Wasn’t Tameka’s son with his father when the accident happened? If so I don’t see how you can blame her for not being in the state when the accident happened. After all Usher wasn’t at home when this accident happened. Who knows if he was actually working either. For some reason I can’t imagine him spending 9-5 at the studio or some job but I could be wrong. They are all gross I guess anyway for getting involved in a sloppy relationship that produced innocent children.

  6. Lulu86 says:

    You can at least illustrate the story with the right pictures of the kid. Anyways it is extremely difficult for a mother to lose custody of her kids especially below 7. I would hate to think it is just because Usher is rich and famous,she had to be proven unfit beyond a reasonable doubt. Was she?

    • Jayna says:

      No, she was never deemed an unfit mother. It was more the games she was playing with Usher that caused it.

    • lem says:

      What Jayna said. And if I remember correctly, she didn’t have custody of her older children either.

    • V4Real says:

      Sometimes a mother knows best. Usher mother told him not to marry this woman because of her past such as getting into trouble for welfare fraud and the criminal past of one of her other kids father. Usher was so gone over Tameka that he and his mother stopped speaking and she was uninvited to their wedding. I believe she was later invited again. Usher mom said from the start that Tameka was bad news and the marriage wouldn’t last. Looks like she was right.

      I pray his son will make a speedy recovery and this gold-digging woman don’t try to use this as a weapon to gain back custody. Mothers lose custody for a reason and it’s not always because the father is a celebrity or rich. I’m pretty sure if Halle Berry had continued on her path of destruction towards Gabe the same thing might have happened to her. Have you notice how quiet things have been with the Halle and Gabe saga?

      • TG says:

        I agree a mother knows best but I think the mistake this mother made and other controlling celeb moms such as PMK with Kim Kartrashian is that they don’t raise their kids to have any autonomy and everyone challenges authority at some point in their life and if they haven’t been given the tools to think for themselves this is what happens. Same thing with Kimmy her first marriage was a disaster because she went behind mommy’s back and her second one too. Although in that one I think she and her mommy were in cahoots but I think it was more PMK telling her what to do. Mother’s like Usher’s and PMK do their kids no favors by controlling their every thoughts and actions.

      • jwoolman says:

        Yes, the evidence today seems to show that judges are making decisions based on the welfare of the child and not the money/fame of the parent. I think Halle Berry came extremely close to losing joint custody and that’s why she’s been playing nice. The evidence was pretty clear that Halle and Boyfriend were lying about the Thanksgiving attack on the dad. Dad had no offensive wounds and was badly battered, Boyfriend had offensive wounds and was fine. Dad was asking for the surveillance tape, which mysteriously disappeared, but asking for it was significant evidence that he was telling the truth. Judges don’t like such blatant attempts to remove a parent from a child’s life.

  7. j.eyre says:

    Oh, my heart goes out to everyone in this story. I had just had a discussion about drains with my kids at a friend’s pool, scared me white when my son reached for one.

    I pray that Raymond makes a quick an full recovery.

  8. sarah says:

    What a scary thing to happen. I’m so glad the little man is okay.

  9. Sabrine says:

    I always wondered why he would hook up with someone like her. She’s pulling this now because she’s hoping to get more child support but it’s not going to work. The child was properly supervised and accidents happen.

  10. Jayna says:

    Wow, if those guys hadn’t been there, precious minutes could have been lost and he could have easily drowned. Scary.

  11. blue marie says:

    so freakin scary, my heart goes out to the family.. although I’m side-eyeing Tameka, doesn’t seem like the time..

  12. Tessa says:

    Every pool has a pump switch that can be turned off. Every person supervising children around a pool should know where that switch is.

    • Bird says:

      Good to know, thank you! Ever since having my 2 year old, pools kinda scare me. We don’t have one, but they’re out there… lurking!

      • Tessa says:

        Sometimes drains can create a very strong suction bond even when they’re off. So also, be prepared to break suction. Get between the appendage and what it’s stuck to, and break that suction.

      • my .02 says:

        Building codes have changed and there are safety measures to keep small children from getting in this situation. But if you have an older pool that’s not up to code, there’s nothing to force you to update the pool.

        It’s something that all parents with in-ground pools should check – making sure there are the proper safety equipment in place can save a life.

    • nicegirl says:

      THANK YOU for this! I am going on a mission at the pool today

  13. Kiddo says:

    I think his family should stay away from water. I know, stating the obvious, but still.

    • JennJ says:

      I hope you are joking! Accidents happen, but don’t go blaming water for it and lose out on all the fun that can be had!

      Got to get back on that horse again soon before the fear grows in strength.

      • judyjudy says:

        They lost another son to an accident when he was swimming so I think that’s what she’s referring to. If it were my family I would move to the middle of the desert.

      • Kim1 says:

        Yeah maybe they should stop taking baths too.My neighbors’ grandson drowned in bathtub.Showers Only

      • JennJ says:

        My Mom nearly drowned when she was four and has spend the rest of her life being afraid to get her head underneath the water. I always felt so sorry for her when we went swimming because she couldn’t fully enjoy the experience. We were all playing and having fun and she was struggling with fear and would only do the breaststroke. It was sad, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
        So I am serious — that family has a lot to deal with in terms of fear and water, but if they can get past that, they will lead a more fulfilling life.
        Yes, you can lead your life without swimming, but the key point is that accidents happen anywhere and everywhere, and that fear, if allowed to grow, may spread to all kinds of activities beyond the water.

  14. JL says:

    First of all thank God the little boy will be Ok it seems.

    It was an accident, kids dive for toys all the time and he WAS supervised. Even in Usher had been there in person the same thing would have happened.

    Perhaps the pump switch would have helped free him but maybe not. Yes everyone should know where that switch is.

    Having said that I doubt Tameka knows where that switch is, and while I’m sure she’s concerned for her child this isn’t the time for legal maneuvers.

    That is one CUTE kid, I hope he’s Ok.

    • TG says:

      How old is this aunt? Wasn’t it mentioned that is was his great aunt? She might not be in good physical condition to jump in a pool and pull a child from a drain. Not sure how deep the area was either. In that case then Tameka does have a case because this aunt is not fit to care for this child. She sounds like just another one of those family members on the payroll that give up their life to be a paid servant to their rich relative. Kind of like JoLo’s mom who is always carrying the kids with the luggage while she and her boy toy are out in front only thinking about themselves.

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        @TG: It says the Great-aunt ‘immediately dove in to rescue him but couldn’t get his hand out. The maid then dove in and tried but was also unsuccessful.’ So, it doesn’t sound like the great-aunt is frail and incapable of caring for the children. I was a great-aunt at the age of 28 when my adult niece had her first child, so the term ‘great’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘old.’ My 65yr old mother-in-law frequently babysits my children, and I have full confidence in her ability.

        Sadly, accidents do happen, even when your children are in your own care, and you’re at your most diligent. I am such a worry wart when it comes to my children that I’m probably ridiculously over-protective. But things still happen. I did have to make the difficult decision last year to no longer let my 73yr old mother watch my children unsupervised when she nearly killed my daughter who was 19 months old at the time. I was out of state for military training at the time–and like Usher I don’t think I should lose custody of my children because I left them in my mother’s care and something very scary and potentially fatal occurred. Unfortunately, we can’t guard our own children every second of every day. And, even if we tried, accidents still happen. Thank goodness Usher’s son is okay, and own daughter is, too.

  15. Relli says:

    So sad to hear but how jarring about to have the custody issue thrown in the mix. I read up quite a bit on the custody trial on the custody trial and it was pretty nasty. I cant help but feel empathetic towards Tameka from losing a child last year but she is super crazy and jumping to the courthouse on your way to the hospital is odd no matter how angry you may be. Just from the stuff I read about her on STFA and the stuff she is always putting out there on trying to blast Usher i question her motives, always.

    • Meanchick says:

      She didn’t ‘jump to the courthouse’ on her way to the hospital. Stop believing everything you read. This woman has been attacked since the moment Usher married and then divorced her. For some reason, many think of her as not good enough for him and bash her for no reason. She’s a mom, not a robot. If this was your child, would you stop at the courthouse on your way to the hospital?

      • Relli says:

        Hmmmm, well I can tell you that if she had the forethought to call her attorney in order to have them file anything within 24 hours does say a lot, particularly becuase courthouses have pretty disticnt hours. So MATH tells me that within a few hours of getting the call on the evening of the 5th and having papers drawn up, executed, filed and reported on by the evening of the 6th says she didnt waste anytime.

        Further, I don’t know about her being “good enough,” B/c I dont care about Usher personally or his personal life but his life has been non-stop drama since they got together. Sometimes actions speak louder than words and Tameka’s actions dont say she is the greatest person. NOW that does not mean I dont feel sorry for her or her situation, she obviosuly has expericed great lost but she has also exhibited some not so great attributes of her personality and for that I question her motives. Just my opinion.

      • TG says:

        She also has the other child to worry about so I don’t blame her for having her attorney on it right away. I will stop defending g her though because I actually know very little about the custody case and whether or not she really is an unfit mother or at least an uncooperative parent. For some reason Usher seems sleazy to me but maybe the kids really are better off with his family rather than the mom. Usually it is wicked moms we have on here so it is surprising to me that I am leaning towards Tameka on this one. I don’t know though.

  16. fabgrrl says:

    Poor little guy! Glad he’s okay.

    But this sounds like a (sadly) typical accident that could happen to ANY kid. Tameka needs to step off.

  17. Yelly says:

    So glad he’s okay. Usher seems like a really good dad. But you know Tameka is going to take him to court over this because she’s a raging bitch.

    • Meanchick says:

      Because you know her, right?

    • Emily C. says:

      Why does he seem like a really good dad?

      If he’s a dedicated Scientologist, as people have said above, I can guarantee that he is NOT a good parent.

  18. janie says:

    What a scary thing to go thru, that being said.. it was an accident. This could happen to any of us. Thank God someone was there to help & give CPR. I pray he makes a full recovery.

  19. Annie2 says:

    I have read about so many young children getting their arms stuck in pool drains. You would think that changes would be made already for safety. It’s crazy

  20. OhDear says:

    Glad he’s alive and hoping for a quick and full recovery.

  21. WendyNerd says:

    A HORRIBLE story made more horrible by this custody battle stuff.

  22. V says:

    Some advice from a case here in PR that everyone should know:

    Apparently a family was having a pool party
    And one of the young kids went behind the pool ladder and got stuck underneath and they were unable to pull him out. A quick thinking uncle grabbed a garden hose and had the boy breathe thru the tube while the removed the ladder (about 20-30 minutes) and he was saved!!!

    So something to think about if a kids hand/fingers get stuck in a pool drain underwater.

    • UsedToBeLulu says:

      Good Lord what a story!

      I’m thankful little Usher is alive, and hope he recovers fully.

      I understand why a mother would freak out over something like this, but I think we can safely say that this accident was not the result of negligence. My heart goes out to any mother who has lost a child. I can’t even imagine.

    • TG says:

      Wow that is brilliant and that could work in the case of the pool drain as well. If I ever have a pool I will be sure to keep a tube around just in case and will spread that message around to anyone I talk to about pool safety.

  23. Mingy says:

    i dont really get all the hate towards tameka in this situation. her son kyle died while on vacation with his father. it seems that every time her children are in other people’s care, death or near death happens. so her wanting custody over her children merits all this hate?

  24. Jellyfish says:

    I feel bad for tameka. I couldn’t imagine losing one child only to nearly lose another just a year later in a similar way. That would be enough to make me lose it and want custody of my children.

  25. Meg says:

    Reading what happened, I think this could happen to anyone.
    was a kid who doesn’t know how to swim out at the pool unsupervised and fell in? no. then how is this not something that could happen to anyone? pool drains are known for getting kids stuck

  26. JFerber says:

    I read that the boy breathed a lot of water into his lungs. I hope he will be totally okay. I don’t know how long he was deprived of oxygen. It’s too bad Usher didn’t have a pool safety consultant check his pool beforehand. The pool was obviously unsafe if the boy’s arm was trapped like that. Tameka did accuse Usher of being an absentee father. I totally believe the parent with bigger money could get full custody.

    • Emily C. says:

      I totally believe the parent with bigger money could get full custody.


      People seriously underestimate how much an expensive lawyer can do for one’s case, and how much they can influence a judge. This is why Lindsay Lohan keeps getting away with crap: Shawn Holley is a great attorney. If you’re up against a brilliant, expensive lawyer, and you can’t afford one of your own, you have almost zero chance, even when you’re the state attorney.

    • Trashaddict says:

      He’s not out of the woods yet. If you breath water into the lungs, it washes out the natural secretions that make your lungs expand and then a huge inflammatory reaction can set in. They didn’t say how long they had to do CPR on him. 4-5 minutes without oxygen can result in serious brain damage. The longer you are down, the worse it is. The brain has more recovery power in younger kids but you can still have devastating neurologic injury. My husband and I are absolutely paranoid about pools and water. It only takes a second for a kid to fall in. I see tons of parents who don’t respect how dangerous water can be. So at the beach and swimming pools I’m watching not only my own kids but others. I’ve had other parents ready to cuss me out because I asked them to watch their kids. Let them cuss. I only hope more people don’t learn the hard way.

      • TG says:

        You are so right and the fact that he is still in the hospital is troubling. Hopefully he will be fine. It is scary about how easy it is to drown, my daughter is two and a half years old and I follow her around like a shadow in the pool but even still there have been nano second mishaps where she opens her mouth underwater while putting her face in and next thing I know she is choking on water. It happens in the bathtub too from time to time even though I am only an inch away and watching her like a hawk. I too am surprised at the pool about how causally some parents watch their young kids.

  27. LaurieH says:

    It was an accident. Accidents happen, which is why they are called “accidents”. Some are foreseeable, some are not. Kids and pools are always a recipe for accidents. That said, we don’t live in protective bubbles. In this case, the kid dove down to get a toy and then himself got stuck in the drain. Foreseeable? Perhaps. Preventable? Sure, if you drill it in your kids’ heads to stay away from the drain and they actually listen to you. In the end, thank God the child is okay and kudos to the workers who dove in and saved him. As to the Mom, I am sure she was freaked out, but I’m also sure if this hadn’t happened she’d have found some other reason to bust Usher’s chops. Theirs was an ugly, bitter divorce and, as usual, the kids are pawns.

  28. Danskins says:

    With all the drama going on right now with Tameka’s quest for custody, she should instead just be grateful that her son is alive. I’m glad the little guy was saved & seems to be doing ok.

  29. laila says:

    Poor usher im his friend if u want to speak to him call 3013358728

  30. The Original Mia says:

    Glad Usher V is alright. Tameka is a hot mess and an opportunist. She’s been waiting for any reason to get back to court. This was just the opening.