Jackson County, MO - (WALK) The mother of Babylon the late Jovan Belcher, a West Babylon native, is pursuing a wrongful death suit against the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, alleging the team failed to provide adequate medical care prior to Belcher killing his girlfriend then taking his own life in December, 2012.
Cheryl Shepherd filed the suit at Jackson County, Missouri circuit court Tuesday. In December Shepherd and family members agreed to have Belcher's body exhumed from a cemetery in Bay Shore so authorities could examine his brain for evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative condition associated with repeated concussions. Symptoms include behavioral changes, memory loss and dementia.
On December 1, 2012 Belcher, 25, shot to death his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, the mother of his infant daughter. He then drove to the Chief's practice field where he fatally shot himself.
Shepherd is seeking "in excess of $15,000 for actual damages, punitive damages, and/or aggravated circumstances, for the cost of this action, and for such relief as the court deems fair and reasonable."
A spokesperson for the Chiefs acknowledged the suit Tuesday to the Associated Press, but would not comment.