Jovan Belcher allegedly had questions about daughter’s paternity before killing girlfriend Kasandra Perkins

Per police interviews with the Cheryl Shepard, the mother of Jovan Belcher. The linebacker argued with his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, about their daughter’s paternity prior to his shooting her on December 1st.

“The mother believed that there was an issue over whether [Belcher] was the father, she said he [believed he] wasn’t necessarily the father of the child.”

Shepard was in the home that fateful Saturday morning. A New York Post reporter reached out to her on her cell to get more information and a woman answering the phone who declined to identify herself said there would be no further comment on that topic.
But Jovan’s mother decided to release a statement elsewhere declaring the New York Post’s original report as untrue:

Jovan Belcher’s mother angrily denied a report that claimed she told investigators that her son had argued with his girlfriend about the paternity of their baby before he shot her dead and killed himself.

“It’s a lie. It’s all a lie,” Cheryl Shepherd told the Daily News on Friday. “That’s my grandbaby and it was wrong for them to put that out there. That is Jovan’s baby and it is my grandbaby.”

A KCPD spokesperson also confirmed that the lead detective on the case had not received that information.

It might be true, but none of the witnesses or people we have talked to have provided that information. I can’t confirm that

The Chiefs had been providing Belcher and Perkins with counseling for relationship and financial issues, per police. Baby Zoey is currently with Belcher’s mom who has temporary custody. A  permanent guardian has not been named.

Perkins’ family had Zoey in Texas for Kasandra’s memorial and have indicated they will be involved in raising Baby Zoey. The NFL will be providing medical benefits plus $108,000 annually over the next four years, then, $48,000 in the fifth year and finally, $52,000 each year until she’s 18 — or 23, if she attends college.

Belcher’s beneficiary also will get $600,000 in life insurance, a $100,000 retirement account and $200,000 for each season he played. Belcher was in his fourth season with the Chiefs.

 

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