Cousin testifies in Zoey Belcher custody hearing


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Texas woman seeking custody of her slain cousin’s baby says she doesn’t blame the family of Kansas City Chiefs player Javon Belcher for shootings that left the little girl an orphan.

Belcher fatally shot Kasandra Perkins, with whom he had a 9-month-old daughter, on Dec. 1 before killing himself. His mother, Cheryl Shepherd, is vying with Sophie Perkins, Kasandra Perkins’ cousin, for custody of little Zoey Belcher.

Perkins lives near Austin, Texas. Shepherd is from West Babylon, N.Y.

Perkins testified Thursday as a three-day custody hearing was scheduled to conclude in Jackson County probate court. But probate commissioner Daniel Wheeler has said he won’t make an immediate ruling.

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