Grandparents Battle for Custody of Jovan Belcher’s Daughter

Both Zoey Belcher’s paternal and maternal grandparents file for her custody.

Posted: 01/09/2013 10:28 AM EST

The daughter of Jovan Belcher, who killed himself and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, last month, is at the center of nasty custody battle between her maternal and paternal grandparents.  

After the tragedy, Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, was awarded custody of 4-month-old Zoey Belcher. Shepherd gave Zoey to Rebecca Gonzalez, the baby’s maternal grandmother, so that she could attend her mother’s funeral.  

“The maternal relatives have now ceased communicating with Cheryl Shepherd and have refused to return her calls or return the child to her care,” wrote Gretchen Gold, Shepherd’s lawyer, in court filings obtained by the Daily News.

Gonzalez filed for full custody of the baby in Fort Worth, Texas, before Shepherd was able to make a custody filing in Kansas City, Missouri. Shepherd’s custody hearing will be heard Jan. 11 and Gonzalez’s on Jan. 22.

Zoey Belcher may inherit over $3 million by the time she is 23.

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