Nipsey Hussle‘s sister, Samantha Smith, has put plans in motion to gain guardianship of the late rapper’s 10-year-old daughter, Emani Asghedom, Entertainment Tonight reports.
According to the outlet, Smith filed a petition with the L.A. County Superior Court earlier this week to request custody of her niece. In the documents, obtained by ET, Smith is seeking guardianship “to ensure the continued stability for Emani” as well as to “ensure that she can continue to live with family members with whom she has always had close ties.”
Per the court records, Smith claims to have lived with Hussle and his daughter for roughly six years, in which she assisted with Emani’s “day-to-day care.”
Smith also alleges that even after she moved out of their home, she continued to have “consistent and frequent contact” with her niece on a weekly basis.
Emani’s mother, Tanisha Foster, has not yet listed her preference for Emani’s legal guardian, ET reports. However, Smith could possibly face some opposition from Foster.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Hussle and Tanisha Foster were granted joint custody of their daughter Emani in 2013. Per the documents, the late rapper was given weekends with Emani while Foster took her during the week.
In Smith’s petition, she doesn’t mention the 2013 ruling. As a result, Foster would have a strong legal case if she wanted to fight Smith for guardianship. As of now, Foster has reportedly not filed in opposition to Smith.
If granted full custody, Foster would have a legal right to collect money from the Victory Lap lyricist’s estate and would have an official say in how the business is conducted until Emani becomes of age.
This news arrives just one month after Hussle was gunned down on March 31 in South Los Angeles.