Updated: May 16 / 2019
Tanisha Foster, who is the mother of Nipsey Hussle’s 10-year-old daughter, Emani Asghedom, appeared at a court hearing Tuesday where she broke down emotionally and vowed to fight a legal bid by the rapper’s sister to become Emani’s guardian in the wake of his March 31 killing.
“I love my daughter, and I’ll do whatever it takes to get her back,” Tanisha Foster told sources after the hearing, where she then broke down in tears after being reunited with her daughter.
Foster has not seen her daughter for many months due to the girl reportedly living with her father, sources reported. Hussle, who was 33 when he died, had been in a relationship with actress Lauren London for five years.
Following Foster’s courtroom reunion with her daughter, the judge cleared the room for 20 minutes to allow both the mother and daughter to have some time together privately. The judge also postponed making a ruling on the guardianship petition filed last month by Samantha Smith. That ruling could come Friday.
On her way to court, Foster posted a photo with the caption: “Love my kids, I’ll always rise to the occasion for them.”
According to a family law expert, Foster’s bid for custody is supported by the fact that she is Emani’s only surviving parent.
Under the California law, a mother or father has a right to be their child’s parent, with all the implied rights and responsibilities for care and custody. While this right is not entirely absolute, Foster would only lose her parental rights to a guardian under particular circumstances.