Keke Palmer has been granted sole custody of her 8-month-old son, Leodis whom she shares with ex-boyfriend Darius Daulton Jackson.

According to court documents obtained by, Palmer will have custody of their baby boy until further notice.


In addition, Jackson has been ordered to stay a distance of 100 yards from both Palmer and Leodis. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has set a hearing for December to determine whether the order will become permanent.

The court’s decision comes after Palmer filed a petition expressing apprehension for her son’s safety.

“I am very concerned for Leo’s safety with Darius given his violent, volatile, and jealous nature, comments he has made which have caused me grave concern, and the lack of restraint Darius has already exhibited regarding his temper in front of our son,” she said in a court statement.

The actress went on to detail the tumultuous nature of their relationship, which lasted from June 2021 to October 2023. Palmer accused Jackson of not only physical abuse but also emotional and manipulative behavior. She described instances of “love bombing” followed by emotional distance, creating a toxic environment.

A particularly alarming incident occurred on November 5, 2023, when Jackson allegedly showed up unannounced at Palmer’s home, demanding to take their son to a football game. Palmer resisted, leading to a confrontation where Jackson reportedly became physically aggressive.

The actress recounted, he “lunged at me, grabbing at my neck and face, knocked me backwards over the couch, stole my phone out of my hands, and then ran out of the house.”

Keke also shared an incident from February 2022, where Darius allegedly choked and body-slammed her after becoming violently jealous over a bikini picture.

To support her claims, Keke Palmer included screenshots of security camera footage from both incidents in her petition.

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