4-month-old Zoey Michelle Belcher is with her mother’s family in Texas. Jovan Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, of Long Island, has filed a petition to take custody of the girl.
A custody battle has erupted over the 4-month-old daughter of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker and killer Jovan Belcher, who murdered her mother and then killed himself after fighting over the baby’s paternity. **(Jovan Belcher’s Mother Told Police There Was An Argument About The Baby’s Paternity Just Before The Murder-Suicide)
The baby, Zoey Michelle Belcher, was left orphaned December 2012 when Belcher pumped 9 bullets into Kasandra Perkins and then drove to the Chief’s practice facility and pumped a bullet into his head as his coach watched.
The fight pits Belcher’s mom(seen below) , Cheryl Shepherd of Babylon, Long Island against Perkins’ parents, who live in Texas.
Belcher’s mom, who had temporary custody of Zoey after the tragedy, allowed (the girls parents) Perkins’ mother and father to take the girl to Texas for her mother’s funeral.
Belcher’s mother has now filed a petition to take custody of her for good.
Shepherd hasn’t seen or heard from her in-laws since.
“Cheryl agreed to temporarily allow the maternal relatives (to) take Zoey to Texas for her mother’s funeral,” Shepherd’s lawyer, Gretchen Gold, told the Missouri probate commissioner in an email.
“The maternal relatives have now ceased communicating with Cheryl Shepherd and have refused to return her calls or return the child to her care.”