The Blast reports Samantha Smith previously filed documents in court, albeit behind Foster’s back, to become Emani’s legal guardian. Now, Foster is essentially accusing Smith of kidnapping her child, claiming, 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.”
Foster accuses Smith of taking Emani from her and refusing to give her back after the 10-year-old visited her father on the day he died. She said Smith “unlawfully took the minor and as of this date, despite objectors demand, refused to return the minor to Objector.” Foster said that Smith isn’t actually acting in the child’s best interest especially since Nipsey’s sister’s “act of removing the minor from her mother’s custody; and by refusing contact between minor and mother.”
Smith is getting support from Nipsey’s brother, Blacc Sam, and his father, who signed off on documents saying that they believe Emani’s best interest is being with Smith.
Smith, Blacc Sam, Foster, and Nipsey’s father were all in court last week where Foster was able to spend time with Emani. Following the hearing, Foster said that she’s going to fight to gain the custody of her daughter.