• Usher's son nearly drowns, recovering at hospital


    ATLANTA, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned that Atlanta police responded to a near-drowning involving the 5-year-old son of singer Usher Raymond.

    The incident happened about 3 p.m. Monday at a pool behind a home on Howell Mill Road in northwest Atlanta.

    Authorities say Usher Raymond V was swimming in the pool when he got stuck in a drain, according to an incident report from the Atlanta Police Department.  Two women at the home attempted to free the boy before calling for help from two contractors in the home. One of the contractors was able to reach the boy and administer CPR until paramedics arrived, police said.

    Usher Raymond V is expected to survive.

    The boy was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where he was expected to remain overnight for observation, police said Monday. He was alert and breathing while being transported by ambulance, the report states.

    The hospital could not confirm whether the child was still in the hospital Tuesday, citing privacy concerns.

    Usher Raymond V is one of two sons of Usher and Tameka Foster, who are divorced.

    The water scare came a little more than a year after the death of Kile Glover, the 11-year-old son of Usher’s former wife, Tameka Raymond.

    Glover, 11, and another girl were struck by a Waverunner while being pulled on a tube behind a pontoon boat near Holiday Marina.

    Glover died a couple of weeks later from his injuries.

    Tameka Raymond then worked to change boating laws in Georgia. In April, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 136 which lowers the state intoxication limit to .08, the same as drivers and requires people born in 1998, or later to take a mandatory safety education course prior to operating a vessel. It also requires anyone renting a boat to take the safety course.

    Raymond told Channel 2’s Jovita Moore the law is just the start. She and her attorney, Ashley Bell, are pushing for further legislation. Bell said the new law might not have prevented the death of Kile Glover.

    "The person involved in this particular case took the class twice, but never took a test on the competency," said Bell.

    "It was just a senseless loss of life. It's different, he wasn't operating the watercraft, he was just enjoying, probably looking up at the sun and then he just gets hit by a wild motorist," said Raymond.

    In honor of her son, Raymond founded Kile's World Foundation to offer children access to music, art and acting education. Click here for more information.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

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