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Daughter to remain with Kelsey Berreth’s parents

Posted: 5:01 PM, Jan 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-03 20:17:46-05

CRIPPLE CREEK – Patrick Frazee was back in a Teller County courtroom this morning for a custody hearing about his and Kelsey Berreth’s 1-year-old daughter.

The judge ruled the girl will remain with Kelsey Berreth’s parents for the time being. The child is in the legal custody of Teller County Human Services.

Both Berreth and Frazee’s parents are fighting for custody of the child. Kaylee. Berreth’s mother was granted temporary custody following his arrest. But Frazee’s mother filed a motion to intervene.

All family members were seen leaving the courthouse 90 minutes after the hearing started. The judge presiding over the case removed journalists and barred the public from attending at the last minute.

Frazee, 32, was formally charged Monday with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder in connection to the disappearance of Kelsey Berreth. Berreth’s body has not yet been found.

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Frazee was arrested at his family’s property in Florissant on Dec. 21 following more extensive searches of Berreth’s home.  His property was also searched, but his arrest came a week after that search.

Berreth was last seen in public at a Woodland Park Safeway store with her daughter. Frazee said he last saw Berreth when he went to pick up their daughter at her townhome in Woodland Park. Berreth’s mother reported her missing on Dec. 3.

Up until Frazee’s arrest, Frazee had custody of the couple’s daughter. Following his arrest, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles DeYoung said Kelsey Berreth’s family was caring for Kaylee.