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Berreth’s parents amend lawsuit, claim murder was over child custody

Posted at 8:00 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 12:58:44-04
Patrick Frazee and Kelsey Berreth<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-130369">Patrick Frazee and Kelsey Berreth

DENVER – Kelsey Berreth’s parents believe Patrick Frazee’s motive to allegedly kill their daughter is related to custody of the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, according to court documents filed Friday.

Cheryl and Darrell Berreth, Kelsey’s parents, filed an amended complaint with new details on their belief of what happened to their daughter.

Per the complaint, they believe Patrick Frazee wanted full custody of their 1-year-old daughter Kaylee, but Kelsey wouldn’t consent to that.

“Upon information and belief, Frazee had motive to kill Kelsey in that he wanted full custody of KB and/or Kelsey to leave KB with him and Kelsey would not agree,” the complaint read.

Patrick Frazee looks on in his initial court appearance on Dec. 31, 2018. Frazee is charged with five murder counts connected to the disappearance of Kelsey Berreth.</p>

The Berreths also accuse Frazee of lying to them about his last contact with Kelsey, saying he’s been spreading false information throughout the investigation.

On Dec. 2, when Cheryl called Frazee with questions about Kelsey, the Berreths claim Frazee said he “had had enough and wasn’t going to deal with things anymore,” per the complaint. They also said Frazee suggested Kelsey had possibly “flown somewhere with a friend or co-worker.”

Kelsey’s parents believe she was also at risk, alleging Frazee had access to her townhome and her gun. “Upon information and belief, Frazee had an opportunity to kill Kelsey or have Kelsey killed in that he had her keys and, because he had her gun, she was vulnerable to an attack,” they said.

In the lawsuit, the Berreths ask for unspecified damages for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.

Frazee is due in court Tuesday, Feb. 19, for a preliminary hearing on charges related to the presumed murder of Berreth.

Kesely Berreth<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-114172">Kelsey Berreth was last seen in Woodland Park on Nov. 22nd.