Monday, January 7, 2013

Celebrity News: Custody Battle over Jovan Belcher's Daughter after murder-suicide

If you regularly read Souls of Black Women blog, you recall previous articles, regarding the famous NFL celebrity, Jovan Belcher who committed a murder-suicide, late last year.   Belcher murdered his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins in front of his mother, kissed the baby, then kissed his lifeless girlfriend, then drove to the Stadium to thank his coach and shot himself to death.   It was so tragic, headlines were all over the internet as people were in shock. It was our gut feeling this custody battle was going to happen, sisters.   The Texas grandparents and parents Perkins are fighting to get custody of 4-month-old, Zoey. 

 We don't know about you, but it is obvious Jovan Belcher's mother was not going to have any peace, after the tragedy.   In our opinion, she cared for her grandchild before the tragedy when Jovan asked her to come and live in the house and help care for the baby, so she should have full custody of the child.   However, whenever there is money involved, we know the other party allegedly wants a peace of the pie.  They may not be able to get their hands on what Jovan left in his will to his mother, but the money the Kansas City Chiefs is reserving for baby Zoey is probably what they are after.  According to Mail Online, this is the deal, Zoey's estate or guardian will also receive more than $1 million under the terms of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.  She will receive $108,000 annually for the next four years, $48,000 in the fifth year and $52,000 every year until she turns 18.  Now, ask yourself, why all of a sudden the family of Jovan Belcher's girlfriend is fighting to take custody of Zoey?     

Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, is seeking custody of Zoey and to be appointed conservator of her estate and she is owed that right.  Furthermore, it is really unfair for Perkins' family to fight for custody, since Jovan's mother, Cheryl Shepard was allegedly caring for the baby and even was allegedly holding the child when she witnessed Perkins murder.   If Perkins family is so concerned about caring for Zoey, we ask you were they concerned about helping care for her when Jovan and Kasandra were alive? 

The battle for Jovan Belcher's daughter: Parents of Kansas City Chiefs star locked in bitter custody fight with parents of child's mother after murder-suicide horror 

By Rachel Quigley and James Nye

The grandparents of the daughter of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan belcher, who was orphaned late last year after he shot the child's mother and then himself, are locked in a custody battle over the four-month-old.

The linebacker fired several shots into daughter Zoey's mother, Kasandra Perkins, on December 1, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and...Read full article, here.

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