Grandparents Fight Over Jovan Belcher's Daughter
Zoey Belcher, 4 months, is worth $3M
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2013 8:50 AM CST
A funeral service pamphlet provided, Thursday Dec. 6, 2012, by the family of Kasandra Perkins shows a picture of Perkins holding her daughter Zoey on the front cover.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Perkins Family)

(Newser) – In a sad epilogue to the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide, both sets of grandparents are fighting over the baby girl orphaned when the NFL player killed her mother and then himself. Four-month-old Zoey Belcher will inherit almost $3 million in life insurance plus NFL annual payments and retirement funds. "Personally, I don't know why we would want to reward Jovan's—the murderer's—family with giving them the baby, but that's not a legal argument," says the lawyer for the family of Kasandra Perkins, Zoey's late mother.

Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, initially had custody of Zoey, but allowed Perkins' family to take her to Perkins' Texas funeral. That set of grandparents then cut off all contact with Belcher's family, Shepherd's lawyer says, but the lawyer for Perkins' family says Shepherd willingly left Zoey in Texas. Now Shepherd is suing for custody in Missouri while Perkins' family does the same in Texas, ABC News reports.

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Marelicia
Jan 10, 2013 7:01 AM CST
We are discussing custody of one minor child Zoey Belcher. Let us not forget that the maternal grandparents' daughter Kasandra Perkins had been brutally murdered by the paternal grandmother's son Jovan Belcher in the presence of the paternal grandmother Cheryl Shepherd and the infant daughter Zoey Belcher.Now, it is in the best interest of the child to be raised by Kasandra's mother, not by her mother's killer's mother Cheryl Shepherd. Usually the maternal grandparents seek and get Temporary child custody of her daughter's child(ren), as necessary, and raise them as their own free of charge. It is very rare that the paternal grandmother seeks custody. Cheryl Shepherd (l( ike Katherine Jackson)) is only after the money. It seems that Shepherd's psychotic-baby-mom-killer-suicidal son Jovan Belcher did not leave a Will or any insurance policies for his mom, so she is faking that she wants to raise 4-month old Zoey. Hey Cheryl, How about some outrage that your paychotic-killer son murdered little Zoey's mother and their daughter in front of your @#$#@ face, where he could have easily shot little Zoey and yourself. Had Jovan not committed suicide, Cheryl Shepherd along with killer-son Jovan would be seeking custody for the money.
Roger007
Jan 9, 2013 6:36 PM CST
This is a sad situation all the way around. If the State of Missouri [court] entered an order granting the paternal grandmother custody of the minor child, the State of Missouri has, at a minimum, emergency jurisidiction. If the child was born in the State of Texas, and moved to the State of Missouri, and lived in the State of Missouri less than the statutory required time to establish residency [Ie., six months], then arguably the State of Texas would have jurisidiction. It is anticipated that the respective judges [State of Missouri and Texas] will confer and Texas is likely to defer to the State of Missouri Courts, as custody was conferred to the paternal grandmother in that state.
Marelicia
Jan 9, 2013 6:18 PM CST
This is a very, very interesting Child Custody case beginning in TWO different states; Texas and Missouri, where neither party is the biological Parent of the minor child. As far as I can tell, No State has legal Jurisdiction over the child or this case because the 4-month old infant has not been a residence of any State for 6 months or more and both parents are deceased. Now, given the fact that the maternal grandparents have taken custody, by whatever means, and filed an action first, the action may proceed in Texas with the paternal grandmother traveling back and forth from Missouri to Texas for scheduled court hearings. Most likely than not the maternal grandparents get sole custody of their daughter's child(ren) with no visitation rights for the paternal grandparents. A very interesting case with lots of money involved. But, money matters not to maternal grandparents because we will take care of our grand children for free.