Child's Body Discovered In Freezer On Indian Reservation
Authorities responding to a woman's call that her child was dead arrived at a home on an Indian reservation in San Diego County to find a child's body stuffed in a freezer. The woman's boyfriend was shot to death inside the home shortly after deputies arrived to investigate. The woman, who emerged from the home with a shotgun after the shooting and tried to hide in bushes, has been arrested in connection with both of their deaths.
San Diego County Sheriff's deputies arrived a little after noon to the home located on the 1500 block of Quincy Canyon Road, which is on the Barona Indian Reservation, reported NBC Los Angeles. Right after that call, a Barona Tribal Enforcement officer also received a report that there was an attempted suicide at that same home. Hours earlier, deputies said they were searching for 32-year-old Elaina Rose Welch's missing three-year-old son.
When deputies arrived, they first spoke to the Welch's boyfriend, 32-year-old Julio Ricardo Monggiotti, outside the home. When Monggiotti stepped back inside the home, authorities heard a gunshot. Welch, came out holding a shotgun, dropped it and then hid in the bushes.
When authorities went into the home, they found Monggiotti dead, with a gunshot wound to his wrist and chest, reported 10 News. They also found a child's body in a freezer in the garage, hidden under frozen food. Authorities have not identified the child yet.
They arrested Welch and booked her on two counts of murder. She is being held without bail. "It appears at this time she did shoot him. It's just a matter of determining what caused that or if there was any circumstances behind that," Sheriff's Lt. John Maryon told NBC Los Angeles.
Lisa Hernandez, who says she is Welch's mother, told 10 News that Welch's father who lives on the reservation texted her about the incident. Deputies told Welch's father that they heard Welch yell out "he killed my baby" when they first got on the scene, Hernandez said.
"(Welch) would never hurt (her son) Roland," Hernandez said. "She loved that little boy. She was living for him. I don't believe she would ever hurt him."
Monggiotti was not the biological father to the boy. Welch is pregnant with Monggiotti's child and the couple had been dating for three to four months, Hernandez said.
Hernandez also said that since her daughter starting dating Monggiotti, Welch hasn't visited her family much, and that they had to go through him to be able to speak to Welch. She noticed her daughter's face was recently bruised, but Welch told her she had fallen down.
San Diego County Sheriff's deputy Lt. John Maryon told the L.A. Times that a county medical examiner will look into how the child died.