Zoey Belcher, Daughter Of Kansas City Chiefs' Jovan Belcher, Caught In Custody Battle

By Ben Grimaldi
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An extremely sad sorry story is getting even sadder for Zoey Belcher, the daughter of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before heading to the Chiefs facility and committing suicide soon after. The incident left their infant daughter Zoey without her parents.

Since that time, she has been set up with a trust fund from the Chiefs. Belcher’s mom, Cheryl Shepherd, has had custody of her and has moved her to New York. However, this where her story takes another unfortunate turn.

According to KCTV in Kansas City, there is a battle going on between Belcher’s mother and Perkins’ family for custody. A Jackson County Circuit Court judge has scheduled a hearing for next Friday to discuss the situation. Perkins’ parents and paternal aunt have filed documents in Tarrant County, Texas, seeking custody of Zoey and to have her residence established in the Fort Worth area. Perkins’ family is also seeking to have Zoey evaluated and her living conditions with Shepherd studied as well as for anyone asking to have access to the baby.

I am not going to try to say who should have custody of Zoey, but the fact that she’s caught in the middle of this situation is extremely sad. She is innocent in this mess and deserves to lead a happy life, regardless of who it’s with. We can only hope there is a fair way to decide who should get custody to ensure a bright future.

A fight over her is the last thing her needs right now and hopefully it will turn out well for all those involved, especially for her.

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