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Paula Sladewski Pictures Exclusive: Parents Told Playboy Model to Leave Violent Relationship

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NEW YORK (CBS) Murdered model Paula Sladewski's step-father, Richard Watkins, said there was never a "honeymoon period" for the slain beauty and her boyfriend Kevin Klym. And the mourning dad begged the couple to break off their violent relationship.

Photo: Paula Sladewski and boyfriend Kevin Klym.

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"They fought from the beginning - physical, knock down fights," Watkins told CBS News' Crimesider.

Police have said Klym is a person of interest in the Jan. 3 murder that left Sladewski's body so badly burned it took Miami police two days to identify her - eventually through her dental records. She was believed dead before her body was desecrated, but police have not yet said how she died.

Photo: Paula Sladewski

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She was last seen alive sometime between 7 and 9 a.m. Sunday morning at a Miami night club. In a missing person report he filed hours before her burning body was found in a dumpster, Klym told police he was booted from the club after the couple had a shouting argument. He claims he never saw her alive again.

Photo: Paula Sladewski

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According to Watkins and his wife Patsy, the couple had a turbulent, often violent relationship and they begged them to call it off. "They would say 'but we love each other' but I couldn't see how," Watkins said.

Photo: Paula Sladewski

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At least twice in the past, their fights came to blows and it wasn't always Klym doing the punching.

In the summer of 2009, according to Watkins and court records from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Sladewski was arrested after she broke a bottle over Klym's head during an argument in the home they shared.

Photo: Paula Sladewski

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She was booked for assault with a deadly weapon not a firearm - a felony - and released on a $50,000 bond, according to court records. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor domestic battery case and then dismissed in December of 2009.

More recently though, according to Watkins, Sladewski had been on the recieving end of Klym's anger.

Watkins claimed Klym was arrested for breaking Sladewski's nose in their Lavonia, Mich., hotel room in December while they were visiting her family. Watkins believes Klym was supposed to appear in court Jan. 4, but Crimesider was unable to confirm this at press time.

Despite the volatile nature of their relationship, Watkins says he has no idea if Klym is directly responsible for his daughter's death. But Watkins is angry at Klym for leaving his stepdaughter alone, intoxicated, and without any protection in the Miami night club.

"He had no regard for her safety at all. He was irresponsible in leaving her alone in her condition," Watkins said.

Sladewski was an aspiring model who appeared in a 2003 Playboy talent search video. She lived in Michigan and California with Klym, The pair were dating for the last year and a half.


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