CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. — Court officials in Teller County say a girl will temporarily remain with her maternal grandparents as prosecutors pursue a murder charge against the 1-year-old’s father in her mother’s death.
A judge continued the temporary custody arrangement during a closed hearing on Thursday. A state courts spokesman says the next custody hearing is set for June 13.
The girl’s father, 32-year-old Patrick Frazee, is charged with murdering 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth. He has not entered a plea yet.
Berreth’s body has not been found. She was last seen near her home in Woodland Park on Nov. 22.
Investigators testified during a Feb. 19 court hearing that Frazee’s girlfriend told police that he used a baseball bat to fatally beat Berreth, then burned her body and planned to dump the remains in a landfill or river.