Woman released after arrest in Indian reservation killings

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Posted: Jan 23, 2015 1:39 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman was released from jail Thursday night after her arrest on suspicion of killing her boyfriend and 3-year-old son, who was found in a freezer on a Southern California Indian reservation.

Elaina Rose Welch, 32, was released after her arraignment scheduled for earlier in the day was canceled, U-T San Diego reported (http://bit.ly/1wqFqWp ).

San Diego County prosecutors did not give reasons for the cancellation and release, saying only that the case is still being investigated and remains under review.

Welch had not been charged with the killings.

Last Friday, sheriff's deputies received a call from a woman at the Barona Indian Reservation who said her child was dead. Moments later, a call from the same address reported an attempted suicide.

A tribal officer arrived at the home and talked to Welch's boyfriend, 32-year-old Julio Monggiotti. Gunshots were heard when he went into the house and he was later found shot in the chest and wrist.

After sheriff's deputies arrived, Welch walked out of the house carrying a shotgun and walked along a road, where she dropped the weapon, authorities said.

After a long search of the property, the child was found hidden under frozen food packages in a garage freezer.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com