TODAY   |  August 07, 2013

Usher’s son hospitalized after near-drowning

Five-year-old Usher Raymond V was rushed to the hospital Monday afternoon after getting stuck in a drain at the bottom of a pool and nearly drowning. The incident is reigniting the singer’s custody battle with his ex-wife. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports.

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>> half hour with the five-year-old son of usher recovering after nearly drowning in a swimming pool . it's now reigniting his custody battle with his ex-wife. gabe is at the hospital in atlanta this morning.

>> morning. usher's ex-wife filed paperwork asking for the emergency custody hearing. the singer wasn't at the home during the incident but police say he rushed to this hospital after a very close call .

>> atlanta 911 operator 619.

>> a frantic 911 call. a boy trapped under water.

>> i need the ambulance.

>> atlanta police say monday afternoon 5-year-old usher raymond v was swimming in this residential pool when he got stuck in a drain. according to the police report , when the child's aunt couldn't pull him out she screamed for help and called 911.

>> my nephew was in the pool and he -- he went and i couldn't get him -- i couldn't -- i couldn't get him.

>> two contractors working inside the house ran to the rescue and were able to free the boy. one of them performed cpr.

>> is he breathing? is he breathing?

>> he is breathing, yes, ma'am.

>> the scare comes just a year after another terrifying accident in the water when usher's 11-year-old step son was hit by a jet ski and killed. all this after a turbulent few years for the star of nbc's the voice. he and his ex-wife tamika foster went through a battle where usher was granted custody of his two sons. now she is asking for a custody hearing claiming the children are at risk with third party caregivers while usher travels around the world.

>> in light of the accident he has to readdress his confrontation with his ex-wife and i'm sure it's another thing he would rather not deal with right now.

>> reporter: so far no comment from usher. the emergency custody hear as good scheduled for friday. meanwhile, the 5-year-old boy is expected to make a full recovery.

>> those near drownings, those drains can be so dangerous.

>> they're so powerful.

>> a good reminder.

>> those drains t kids get near them and the power of the suction is very