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Update January 22, 2015: Welch has been released and charges dropped, though an investigation continues.

Update January 17, 2015:  The body of the missing child has been found in the freezer, underneath frozen food.  Elaina Rose Welch, 32, has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder. She has been booked into Las Colinas.  The causes of death will be determined by the medical examiner. The man killed has been identified as Julio Ricardo Monggiotti, 32.

By Miriam Rafery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 New

January 16, 2015 (Lakeside) – A woman has been detained following the shooting death of a  man, 32, in the 1500 block of Quincy Canyon Road on the Barona reservation in Lakeside.  Sheriff’s deputies responded shortly after noon, after receiving a radio call from a woman who said her child was dead.

Soon after, Barona Tribal Enforcement got a call reporting an attempted suicide at the same address, said Lt. John Maryon with the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail.

Barona Tribal Enforcement officers arrived at the home and contacted a man who went back inside the house.  A gunshot was heard, then a woman emerged carrying a shotgun which she dropped along a dirt road outside.

She was detained by deputies, though it is not yet clear whether she is considered a suspect in the man’s death or whether he shot himself.  The man was found dead of a gunshot wound to his chest. He was also shot in the wrist.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement far did not find the alleged dead child who is believed to be about 3 years old, according to 10 News. Authorities have sought a warrant to allow a more in-depth search of the premises.  

Sheriff’s Homicide Detail is handling the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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