SCSO: Woman arrested after confessing to shooting, killing her son

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane County deputies arrested a woman after she confessed to killing her son in June 2022, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

On January 14, deputies responded to a suspicious call report, where the caller said his sister confessed to shooting and killing her son last June.

Deputies then contacted the suspect, 58-year-old Christine D. Catelli, in Northwest Spokane.

The Sheriff’s Office also said deputies contacted the witness, who said Catelli had been struggling with substance abuse addiction, but thought she had been doing well and making progress.

The witness drove Catelli from his home in western Washington back to Spokane County to report the crime and recover the victim’s remains, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives say Catelli confirmed the information with them, and explained she shot her son several times near Spangle, wrapped his body in a black plastic bag, and dumped his remains there.

Detectives say they located a large plastic bag containing human remains in the area Catelli described, and secured the scene until the next day.

Catelli was then arrested for second-degree murder and booked into Spokane County Jail.

This remains an active investigation.