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Custody battle brewing over Jovan Belcher's daughter

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10:18 AM ET 01.05 | The struggle over who will care for the daughter of a Chiefs player who committed suicide after killing the girl's mother is taking shape in Missouri and Texas courts. And tensions between paternal and maternal grandparents of the 4-month-old daughter of Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins have emerged in court filings. Authorities turned over Zoey Michelle Belcher to Cheryl Shepherd, her paternal grandmother, just after her parents' deaths on Dec. 1. But in an email to a Jackson County probate commissioner Thursday, a lawyer for Shepherd disclosed that Zoey is in Texas with her mother's family. Both families have filed court cases seeking to care for Zoey. Judges in Independence and Fort Worth have scheduled hearings later this month to begin determining where the infant and money to support her will end up.

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January 5, 2013  10:30 AM ET

Do What Is Best For The Child, Bros.

January 5, 2013  10:38 AM ET

Agreed.....and keep it out of t&r threads.

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January 5, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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let the mother's side have custody,.........if the loser ''did himself in'' there'd be no discussion here !

Umm...he did.

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January 5, 2013  11:44 AM ET

Gonna be a nasty mess, and we will get a blow by blow update from the media. Stellar journalism I'm sure.

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January 5, 2013  12:15 PM ET

Why is this in a T & R thread??? What's next? The Kardashians?

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January 5, 2013  12:46 PM ET
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Grandparents can make money being guardians for a young millionaire.

And the true motive emerges....

January 5, 2013  01:10 PM ET
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And the true motive emerges....

Zoey's estate or guardian will receive $1M in increments under terms of the league's CBA, plus monies from a life insurance policy and a retirement account. Not to mention money from a trust fund set up by the Chiefs organization. It adds up quickly.

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January 5, 2013  01:35 PM ET
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And the true motive emerges....

And that is horribly sad.

January 5, 2013  06:49 PM ET
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Grandparents can make money being guardians for a young millionaire.

How true this will be...

The set of Grandparents on the loosing end of Zoey can always fullfill their guardianship desires through adoption or fosterparenting channels

January 5, 2013  06:54 PM ET
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Grandparents can make money being guardians for a young millionaire.

Bingo! we have a winner!

January 5, 2013  10:37 PM ET

So sad for the little girl. When will she have some stability in her young life?

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January 6, 2013  01:33 PM ET
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Grandparents can make money being guardians for a young millionaire.

Yeah, I noticed they neglected to mention the money until the end of the story but that's what this is all about. It seemed like his mother was playing an active part in helping with the child. Wasn't there something out there that he thought the baby might not be his? If that's the case then I'd have to think it would go to the mother's parents and they would be the winner of all that money. I wonder if the money wasn't a factor if they'd even be interested.

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