The parents of Kelsey Berreth have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against their daughter’s fiancé.
Patrick Frazee was served notice on Monday that a complaint had been filed by Cheryl and Darrell Berreth claiming he ‘enacted physical, mental, and emotional acts of violence upon Kelsey Berreth prior to her death.’
The complaint goes on to state that ‘when Frazee acted as either the perpetrator or accessory to the murder of Kelsey Berreth, Frazee breached the duty of care with which a reasonable person should conduct himself toward another human being.’
The Berreths, who currently have temporary custody of their daughter’s 15-month-old child with Frazee, are demanding a jury trial to determine and ‘compensatory and general damages, interest from the date of Kelsey Berreth’s death as provide.’, as provided by law.’
And they have retained Perry Sanders to represent them in the case, the same man who represented Katherine Jackson after the death of her son Michael.
The body of their daughter Kelsey has not yet been found, and it is still unclear how she may have been killed.
Broken family: Cheryl and Darrell Berreth are suing Patrick Frazee for the death of their daughter Kelsey, who was last seen on November 22 (the Berreths above in 2014)
Down to business: They have hired Perry Sanders, the same who represented Katherine Jackson (above with Sanders in 2011) after the death of her son Michael
Frazee will not be in court again until February, but there were a few new developments in the case last week.
This included a friend of Patrick Frazee, whose granddaughter was a frequent playmate of the accused killer’s daughter Kaylee, shared details about his relationship with Berreth.
Tamra Freeman told CNN that Frazee and Berreth had split back on New Year’s Day in 2018, just three months after the couple welcomed daughter Kaylee.
That contradicts comments made by Berreth’s aunt suggesting that her niece had broken up with Frazee on November 22, the day she was last seen in public.
Authorities have since charged Frazee with first-degree murder despite the fact that Berreth’s body and remains have yet to be found.
Frazee was in court on Thursday for a custody hearing regarding his daughter Kaylee, and both his mother Sheila and sister Erin stood by his side in a show of support.
The two women were seen exiting the courthouse, and did not stop to speak with any of the media assembled outside.
Frazee also has an older brother Sean who is a law enforcement officer with the El Paso Sheriff’s Office.
Frazee was served notice of the complaint (above) on Monday while awaiting trial at the Teller County Jail
At the same time, a woman from Idaho has reportedly become a person of interest in the investigation.
Two individuals who have worked with that Idaho woman – who is being investigated for disposing of Kelsey Berreth’s cell phone- say that she and Frazee had been in a romantic relationship for months.
DailyMail.com spoke with two people who know the nurse professionally, and they both said that they had been told that Frazee was having an affair with the woman.
The woman, who DailyMail.com identified as Krystal Lee last week, was divorced from her husband a few years back, they explained, and had met Frazee at a rodeo.
Neither of those individuals knew exactly when the relationship started, but they believed it could have been as early as 2016 – prior to the birth of Frazee’s daughter with Kelsey Berreth.
One of the the people DailyMail.com spoke with also said that the nurse was in Colorado around Thanksgiving.
That would explain how Frazee was able to get the cell phone to Idaho while never leaving the state.
It was reported last month that police in Idaho had discovered ifnormation pertaining to the missing mom’s cell phone.
Shackled: Frazee (above) has been charged with three counts of solicitations to commit murder and two counts of first-degree murder for the death of Berreth
The Twin Falls Police Department revealed that officers from the force played a role in the investigation by obtaining search warrants and examining evidence in the case.
Berreth’s cell phone pinged off a tower in Gooding, Idaho, on November 25, three days after she went missing and around the same time her employer received a text stating that she would not be in for work that week. The location it pinged is about 800 miles from where Berreth was last seen.
The complaint filed by prosecutors stated that Frazee had plotted the murder of Berreth with at least one other individual in the three months before she went missing.
And while authorities have yet to discover a body or any of Berreth’s remains at this time, they claim that the investigation has yielded enough evidence to suggest the two ways in which the 29-year-old mother was killed by her fiance.
The three counts of Solicitation to Commit Murder in the First Degree all state that ‘between and including September l, 2018 and November 1,2018, Patrick Frazee unlawfully and feloniously commanded, induced, entreated, or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the felony of murder in the first degree.’
That would have been just a few months after Berreth purchased a home in Woodland Park for her and infant daughter Kaylee.
She spent $184,900 on a two-bedroom property about 15 miles away from the ranch where Frazee lived with his mother despite the fact that the two were engaged.
That home is where authorities believe Berreth was murdered on or around November 22.
Berreth was last seen at a Safeway store in Woodland Park on Thanksgiving.