Judge Rules In Nipsey Hussle Child Custody Case — His Ex Speaks Out

By Peyton Blakemore

May 21, 2019

Nipsey Hussle's sister Samantha Smith will keep custody of his ten-year-old daughter, TMZ reports.

On Monday (May 20), Emani's mother, Tanisha Foster, was videotaped understandably storming out of the courtroom following the judge's ruling. While in tears, she told a photog she was "pissed off" about how the case turned out. Being that hearing was sealed, and another court date was set for July, it's not known if the judge's ruling was permanent or temporary.

As previously reported, Nipsey's ex claimed Samantha took custody of her and Nip's daughter after the rapper was killed on March 31 and refused to return her. In court documents, obtained by The Blast, Tanisha objected Samantha's earlier filing to be named guardian of the ten-year-old, citing her biological ties as reasoning she should be awarded custody.

Tanisha additionally claimed that Emani was visiting her father Nipsey on the day that he was murdered and said that Sam "unlawfully took the minor and as of this date, despite objectors demand, refused to return the minor to Objector." She added that she believes "the best interests" of Emani are not being served by Sam's "act of removing the minor from her mother’s custody; and by refusing contact between minor and mother."

Samantha requested to be appointed as temporary guardian to Emani last month, but was denied shortly thereafter after a judge said there was "No urgency demonstrated for granting this relief prior to hearing on May 14th," The Blast reported at the time.

It's unknown if Tanisha, whose currently a wanted woman after her probation was revoked and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest, will be given another chance to fight for her daughter at the July hearing. Her lawyer, Larry Lewellyn, told TMZ he's working with Nipsey's family on a visitation schedule that will be in Emani's best interest.

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