published Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Police: Usher’s son nearly drowns in Atlanta pool

ATLANTA — The son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher nearly drowned in an Atlanta pool and was in the hospital Tuesday, authorities said.

Five-year-old Usher Raymond V on Monday fell to the bottom of pool behind a home downtown and became stuck in the drain, according to Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos’ report.

A housekeeper tried to get to the boy, but was unable to free him from the drain, Campos said. Two men who were working at the home as audio-visual subcontractors were called to help.

The boy was eventually pulled from the pool, and given CPR by one of the contractors.

Campos said the boy was “conscious, alert and breathing” when paramedics arrived before 4 p.m. He was at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite.

Usher Raymond V is one of two sons of Usher and Tameka Foster, who divorced two years after getting married in 2007. The singer went through a long legal fight with his ex-wife and was awarded primary physical custody of his two sons last year.

The near drowning of the singer’s son comes nearly a year after Foster’s 11-year-old son, Kile Glover, died after being critically injured in a boating accident. The boy, who was the stepson of Usher, was run over by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta.

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