Yesterday, reports indicated that Nipsey Hussle‘s sister, Samantha Smith, was petitioning to acquire legal guardianship of Nipsey’s daughter, Emani. The latter was to ensure that the 10-year old “can continue to live with family members with whom she has always had close ties.” Moreover, legal documents tied to the petition allege that Emani Asghedom was living with her father before his untimely death. Now emerging information suggests Smith’s motion fails to consider the existing custody agreement set between Hussle and his baby mother, Tanisha.
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According to The Blast, Samantha Smith put forth the guardianship request without notifying Emani’s mother, Tanisha. However, the biological mother had already motioned for guaranteed joint custody with the deceased artist. Precisely, the 2013 order gave both parents the legal and physical custody of the child. Hence, in the event Tanisha chose to fight Smith’s petition, she may be legally entitled to do so.
The latter could be problematic as it may also result in Tanisha motioning for child support from Nipsey’s estate. This would then accrue to a costly amount considering the recent surge in music sales and clothing merchandise purchases following Hussle’s passing. For now, however, Emani’s mother does not appear to have set forth anything in return and no decisions have been made with regards to Samantha’s request. We expect more information on this matter in the future.