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DENVER - NOVEMBER 14: Offensive lineman Chris Kuper of the Denver Broncos blocks against Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 49-29. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The custody hearing for Zoey Perkins, the daughter of slain mother Kasandra Perkins and her father Jovan Belcher who after murdering Kasandra then turned the gun on himself, has begun with relatives from both sides of her family seeking custody. Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd, who lives in West Babylon, N.Y., testified in court on Tuesday that it would be in the best interest of the 9-month-old to be raised with her. She stated that there were several dozen relatives that lived within close proximity to her that Zoey would be raised around and that she and her mother Kasandra had become close during her son’s relationship. Perkins’ cousin Sophie Perkins, who has been caring for the child, is also seeking custody. Shepherd has said that either of them would provide a loving home for her grandchild but believes as the grandmother she should be granted custody. When asked why she should be Zoey’s primary caregiver Shepherd said: ”To show her and tell her all the good things that I k...
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