As Nipsey Hussle‘s sister battles the mother of his 10-year-old daughter for guardianship, the late rapper’s brother and mother have joined in and are asking to be named co-guardians as well.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Samantha Smith, Nipsey’s sister, filed an amended petition for guardianship of Emani.
The docs state that at the recommendation of an attorney, they are requesting that Emani’s uncle, Samiel Asghedom (known as Blacc Sam), and Emani’s grandmother, Angelique Smith, “be appointed as co-guardians with Samantha Smith.”
The three state that they have been a “constant and strong presence in Emani’s life. They have participated in her care and upbringing since her birth. Since the unfortunate murder of Emani’s father in March 2019, Samiel and Angelique have assisted in providing care for Emani.”
The petition goes on to state, “The request to appoint Samiel and Angelique as co-guardians is, per the recommendation of Minor’s Counsel, a form of ‘insurance policy’ so that should anything happen to one of Emani’s guardians, other guardians are already in place to continue in providing for Emani’s care without having to return to Court.”
As The Blast previously reported, Samiel filed a declaration back in May in support of Samantha obtaining guardianship of Emani. He was extremely close to Nipsey, and gave an emotional speech at the rapper’s memorial service.
Emani’s mother, Tanisha Foster, is also fighting for custody of the child, and has been showing up to court to argue her case.
Foster is objecting to the filing by Samantha Smith, who asked the court to be named guardian after Nipsey died.
Foster stated that she is Emani Asghedom’s mother and believes the “Law and Policy of this state favors the protection of the rights of natural parents and their children. Objector has statutory priority over petitioner.”
She claimed that Emani was visiting Nipsey Hussle on the day that he was killed and says that Smith “unlawfully took the minor and as of this date, despite objectors demand, refused to return the minor to Objector.”
Foster believes that “the best interests” of Emani are not being served by Smith’s “act of removing the minor from her mother’s custody; and by refusing contact between minor and mother.”
Nipsey did not have a will when he died, so the door was left open for his family members to jockey for position as they try and pick up the pieces that were left behind.