Kelsey Berreth’s mother told police she had noticed her daughter’s fiancé Patrick Frazee display concerning behavior in the lead-up to Berreth’s November disappearance, according to a trove of newly released search warrants.
Colorado’s Judicial Branch published 22 warrants in connection to the murder case following a hearing a hearing in Teller County on Monday.
On Dec. 4, Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater reportedly spoke with Kelsey’s mother, Cheryl Berreth, who said she last talked to Kelsey on Nov. 22 — the day she was last seen near her home in Colorado Springs, Colo.
When Slater asked Cheryl Berreth about Frazee’s behavior, she told him about the birth of their daughter, Kaylee: The girl was born prematurely by three weeks and needed extra medical care as a result.
“The special medical care prevented Kelsey from having Kaylee in her hospital room upon her birth,” the warrant says. “Patrick was very upset about this because he believed the first few hours of birth needed to be spent with mother and father for bonding purposes. Patrick became so upset and verbally abusive with the nursing staff that Social Services was notified.”
Cheryl Berreth said that Kaylee was taken away from the care of Patrick and Kelsey until a safety evaluation could be performed to find out whether or not Patrick was abusing Kelsey.
“Cheryl stated Patrick later stated he should have ‘killed’ the nurse that reported them and then again joked about the incident at Kaylee’s first birthday,” the warrant adds.
Frazee, 32, has been in jail since he was arrested in December, about a month after Berreth, a flight instructor, was last seen alive. He’s been charged with murder; he has not entered a plea to the allegations, however.
His arraignment is scheduled for April 8.
Kayley has remained with Berreth's parents, who have argued in a wrongful death suit that they believe Frazee wanted full custody of the 1-year-old, according to The Associated Press.
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