An amended wrongful death lawsuit claims Patrick Frazee (shown) murdered his fiancee Kelsey Berreth over gaining custody of their one-year-old daughter, Kaylee
The parents of the missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth introduced a potential motive for murder in an amended wrongful death lawsuit brought against Kelsey’s former fiance Patrick Frazee.
Frazee’s mistress Krystal Lee Kenney came forward last week to accuse him of murdering Kelsey after she confessed to destroying the victim’s cell phone.
Kelsey Berreth, 29, was last seen alive on Thanksgiving Day at a grocery store in Woodland Park, Colorado.
According to the updated language of the suit submitted since then by attorney Angela Jones, ‘Frazee had motive to kill Kelsey in that he wanted full custody’ of their one-year-old daughter Kaylee.
When Kelsey’s mother Cheryl Berreth called Frazee on December 2 to find out if everything was ‘okay,’ Frazee allegedly responded with ‘here’s the story…’ before launching into what the lawsuit describes as ‘false statements, misrepresentations, and/or calculated omissions.’
A judge ruled that Cindy Berreth (above with Kelsey and Kaylee) and her husband would maintain temporary custody of the baby with a hearing set for April
Cheryl Berreth alleges that Frazee told her that the couple had broken up on or around Thanksgiving, meeting at a Cracker Barrel restaurant on Thanksgiving Day itself.
He claimed that Kelsey left Kaylee with him while she ‘figured out what she was going to do’ and that they both agreed to a 50/50 split in custody.
The lawsuit also listed what it considered to be untrue statements Frazee made to the press, including a claim by the accused murderer that Kelsey had ‘issues’ that would warrant him ‘getting full custody.’
During that phone call with Chelsea, Frazee allegedly complained about Kelsey’s behavior saying that their relationship had gone bad, that she kept ‘putting him down’ in front of their daughter and that she often would not return home immediately after work to go have dinner with co-workers.
Chelsea Berreth, seen here, recalled conversations with Patrick Frazee that in hindsight appeared to be ‘calculatingly manufactured’ in order to smear Kelsey Berreth
He suggested that Kelsey may have even ‘flown somewhere with friends or co-workers’ as an explanation for her disappearance.
The Berreth’s lawsuit states the family now believes that Frazee ‘calculatingly manufactured’ these descriptions of her behavior that they found were ‘uncharacteristic of Kelsey.’
The 16-month-old is temporarily in the custody of her maternal grandparents ahead of Frazee’s murder trial.
The family shared an image of her to social media just days before he is due back in court. Cindy Berreth and her granddaughter Kaylee are seen making a visit to the victim’s former place of employment, Dos Aviation, as the happy little one poses on the wing of an airplane.
Kaylee and her maternal grandmother pose for a photo at Kelsey Berreth’s former place of employment
Frazee has been accused of murdering his fiancee Berreth. His mistress Krystal Lee Kenney has agreed to testify against him in court (Frazee leaving court in December)
The family shared the image to social media just days before Patrick Frazee is due back in court after being accused of murdering his fiance.
Frazee’s court appearance next week will be his first since his mistress Kenney came forward to accuse him of murdering Berreth.
‘I learned that Patrick Frazee has committed a homicide on approximately Nov. 22, 2018 in Teller County. I knew that law enforcement would be investigating that crime,’ the nurse said on Friday, reading from a prepared statement.
‘I moved the victim’s cell phone with the intent to impair the phone’s availability in the investigation. I had no right or authority to move the victim’s cell phone. That occurred between November 24 and November 25, 2018. In Teller County.’
Krystal Lee Kenney, Patrick Frazee’s mistress, leaving court after testifying she destroyed Kelsey Berreth’s cell phone
She will be sentenced after Frazee’s trial for her own involvement after pleading guilty to one felony count of tampering with evidence.
Frazee was last in court two weeks ago for a custody hearing, arriving in a ballistics vest and surrounded by a small team of police and security, who hurriedly shuffled him into a courtroom after getting him out of a police cruiser.
At the same time, press was ordered out of the courtroom for the hearing, which was held in response to Frazee’s mother requesting custody of his daughter Kaylee.
Berreth’s body has still not been found.