The New York Daily News is reporting that Cheryl Shepherd, the mother of Jovan Belcher, angrily denied a report stating that she told investigators her son and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins argued over the paternity of their child before Belcher shot her 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.”
An anonymous Chiefs insider reported that Shepherd told authorities that the couple had argued over the paternity of 3-month old Zoey on the morning of Dec. 1.
Shepherd has strongly denied making such a statement.
“I never said that,” she said. “You are hearing it from the horse’s mouth. Zoey is Jovan’s baby and my grandbaby. I have never had any doubt.”
A Kansas City Police spokesman said the lead investigator in the case has not uncovered any such details.
“We haven’t had anyone give us that information,” Darin Snapp, the KCPD public information officer, told The News. “I talked to the lead detective on the case, and he hasn’t received any information of that nature. It might be true, but none of the witnesses or people we have talked to have provided that information. I can’t confirm that (report).”