Woodland Park, Colorado: The parents of Kelsey Berreth, missing from her Woodland Park home and presumed murdered, claim in a civil suit filing on Friday in federal court that suspect Patrick Frazee killed Berreth because he wanted full custody of their daughter.
The “amended complaint and jury demand” filing on Friday also claims Frazee lied to Cheryl-Lee Berreth, Kelsey’s mother, during telephone conversations Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 in which he “calculatingly manufactured…false statements” with the “knowledge that the Berreths would…chase nonexistent leads and would believe Frazee’s ruse.”
Frazee has been charged with murder in the disappearance of Kelsey Berreth, who was last seen alive on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day, inside a Safeway grocery store with her 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee.
On Dec. 2, after not being able to reach Kelsey, Cheryl-Lee Berreth called Frazee to inquire about her daughter. The filing claims Frazee made multiple “false statements” during the phone conversation including:
- Frazee and Kelsey broke up on or about Thanksgiving Day;
- Frazee and Kelsey went to a Cracker Barrel restaurant on Thanksgiving Day;
- Kelsey agreed to share with Frazee 50/50 custody of their daughter;
- thereafter, Kelsey left KB (their daughter Kaylee) with Frazee while she “figured out what she was going to do.”
The filing also claims Frazee, after Berreths disappearance, made “untrue reports” to the press which were published, including that Kelsey had been to rehab, she left/abandoned Kaylee in Frazee’s care, she had run off and done so more than once, and she was not Kaylee’s primary caregiver.
Frazee made these statements “knowing that Kelsey was dead because he had killed her, or caused her to be killed,” the filing stated.
The filing also claimed Frazee’s “extreme and outrageous conduct” has caused the plaintiffs to “suffer severe emotional distress” including insomnia, stress, headaches, weight loss, anxiety and depression.
“Frazee had motive to kill Kelsey in that he wanted full custody of KB and/or Kelsy to leave KB with him and Kelsey would not agree,” the filing stated.
Image: From left are Kelsey Berreth and Patrick Frazee.