KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The 9-month-old daughter of a Kansas City Chiefs player who fatally shot the baby's mother and then himself should have just one primary caregiver, a child psychology expert testified Tuesday during a hearing to determine the girl's custody.
Zoey Belcher was orphaned when her father, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, shot and killed her mother, Kasandra Perkins, at the couple's Kansas City home last Dec. 1, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in front of team coaches and officials.
Jovan Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, of West Babylon, N.Y., and Perkins' relatives near Austin, Texas, are vying for custody of the child.
Carrie Contey, a human development specialist from Texas, testified that she had met both families and believed either would provide a good home for the child. But she said she could not recommend that Zoey's custody be split between them.
"That seems like a lot of stress to put on a little person," she said.