According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Asghedom has filed a declaration in support of Smith becoming the legal guardian of Nipsey's 7-year-old daughter, Emani Asghedom. The document is heavily redacted but Nipsey's brother stepping in further reinforces how the family is hoping the court will grant their desire to shift guardianship away from Emani's mother, Tanisha Foster.
As previously reported, Nipsey's family claims that Emani's mother can not solely provide efficient care for Emani and believes that having the child in Smith's custody will be most beneficial to her upbringing. Smith has consistently been involved in Emani's life since she was born, adding to her hope to become the child's primary guardian.
Recently, a judge ruled that there wasn't enough "urgency demonstrated for granting" a temporary guardianship before a scheduled hearing on May 14. During the upcoming hearing, Foster, who has not yet publicly commented on the personal matter, is anticipated to appear in court and offer her perspective on what she believes will be best for Emani moving forward. Nipsey and Foster were previously given joint custody on 2013 and co-parented Emani leading up to his being fatally shot on March 31 outside of his Marathon clothing store.
As previously reported, Smith attempted to conceal the request for temporary guardianship from Foster. However, the judge ruled that the child's mother must be aware of the hearing. In Smith's filing with the court, she argued that her request for the temporary guardianship was "to ensure that she [Emani] can continue to live with family members with whom she has always had close ties."
Nipsey also had another child with his longtime girlfriend, Lauren London. However, custody over 2-year-old Kross Asghedom is not currently in dispute as he lives with his mother.
While Nipsey's family is hopeful that Samiel Asghedom filing a declaration in support of Smith becoming Emani's primary caretaker will aid the motion, next steps will be revealed following the May 14 hearing.