The Kansas City Chiefs player who committed suicide after allegedly killing his girlfriend on Dec. 1 left their daughter Zoey, 4 months, an orphan — and now the baby girl’s grandmas are fighting each other for custody.
NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, left his 4-month-old baby girl Zoey Belcher without parents on Dec. 1 when he shot himself in the head after killing his girlfriend and baby’s mom Kassandra Perkins, 22, in a shocking murder-suicide.
Now, each of Zoey’s grandma’s — the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker’s mother Cheryl Shepherd and Kassandra’s mother Rebecca Gonzalez — are fighting each other for custody of their orphaned granddaughter.
Polie awarded temporary custody to Cheryl, who cared for the baby in Jovan’s Long Island hometown. But Cheryl told police she sent little Zoey to Texas to stay with Rebecca and her family so she could attend Kassandra’s funeral — and she hasn’t seen the baby girl since.
Cheryl Shepherd’s Lawyer Speaks Out On Custody Battle
“The maternal relatives have now ceased communicating with Cheryl Shepherd and have refused to return her calls or return the child to her care,” Gretchen Gold, Cheryl’s lawyer, wrote a Missouri probate commissioner Jan. 3 in court filings, the New York Daily News is reporting.
Jovan’s mom also states Rebecca was aware she was planning on filing for custody for little Zoey in Kansas City, so Rebecca beat her to it and filed for custody one day earlier in Fort Worth, Texas.
Rebecca’s attorney wrote in a filing on Dec. 13 that Jovan “murdered the child subject’s mother . . . in the presence of the child.”
Zoey Belcher Received $3 Million From NFL Fund
And not only are they fighting for custody of the baby girl — the infant was left with a $3 million estate from a a “surviving child” benefit from the NFL. But Kassandra’s family lawyer insists it’s not about the money, and they are concerned about the “welfare” of the baby.
We hope the grandparents settle their custody battle soon — and that Zoey is safe and taken care of.
What do YOU think of the custody battle HollyMoms? Who do you think should be awarded legal custody?
— Christina Stiehl
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