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Jamaal Charles’ Wife’s Sister Awarded Custody Of Zoey Perkins

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

One of the darkest chapters in Kansas CIty Chiefs history came to close yesterday as the daughter of former Chiefs linebacker, Jovan Belcher, was finally given a permanent home.

Belcher orphaned his infant daughter Zoey on December 1, 2012, when he shot and killed her mother, Kasandra Perkins, before driving to the Chiefs’ training facility and taking his own life, in front of then head coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli.

Since then, the Perkins family and Belcher’s family, the Shepard’s, have been going through court proceedings in an effort to gain custody of Zoey.

Yesterday, the courts decided to award custody of Zoey her cousin, Sophie Perkins of Pflugerville, Texas.

You may remember around the time of the shooting that it was revealed that Kasandra Perkins was the cousin of Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles’ wife, Whitney Golden Charles. Well, Sophie Perkins is Whitney’s sister. If that is all a little confusing, in simple terms, Belcher’s daughter is now in the custody of Jamaal Charles’ sister-in-law.

It is a relief to see this unfortunate chapter comes to an end. While KC fans will surely move on, for little Zoey, the road forward will be difficult as she grows up and struggles to come to grips with the fact that her father murdered her mother.

Still, Zoey will hopefully find a loving home with Sophie Perkins. She will also be provided with significant financial support thanks to the terms of the new CBA and donations made by the Chiefs.

Topics: Jovan Belcher, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    I wonder what the precedent is for cases like these? I would think that more often than not, the orphaned children are typically awarded to the victim’s family.

  • DTVTechGuy

    I hope for her sake the decision was based in what’s best and not a precedent. Hate to see that lil girl deal with a whole ton more. Good luck to her!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I guess I should’ve said “trend.”

  • Danny W

    Sad story, hope it has a happy ending.

  • OlderWoman

    The picture….Just a lineup of violent thugs.

  • e_racer

    I am glad the judge decided the case this way.
    It was a horrible thing to have to decide, but I believe the right choice was made.

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