For Immediate Release
April 2, 2019
SON CHARGED WITH HOMICIDE OF MOTHER
BRUCE TOWNSHIP, MI — Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith’s Office met with the State Police yesterday and authorized the charge of Second Degree Murder, a life offense, on a son for the death of his mother.
On March 29, 2018, State Police Troopers and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to a home in Bruce Township. A lifeless body of a 63 year old woman was discovered inside. Meanwhile, the victim’s son, 42 year old Christopher Castillo, was in the home huddled over his deceased mother.
Police and prosecutors allege that Christopher Castillo lived with his mother in the trailer home on Creekview Ave. Christopher and his mother were drinking heavily on the night of March 28th when a domestic altercation initiated between the mother and son. Cristopher began violently beating his mother with a bat. The altercation appears to have taken place in multiple rooms of the home and at some point the bat was broken and concealed. When the authorities arrived, a significant amount of blood was immediately visible on the suspect.
The Medical Examiner indicated cause of death was blunt force trauma to head, torso and categorized the death as a homicide. The victim suffered 9 broken ribs with a tremendous amount of internal damage and injuries to the brain.
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, today said, “Domestic violence is such a terrible problem in our society that my office tackles every day. However, to see such aggression result in a vicious and brutal murder on one’s own mother is a devastating reality of what can happen.
“Our hearts go out to the remaining family and friends of the victim.” Smith continued. “If you know someone involved in a relationship, whether it be boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, parent/child, I cannot stress how important it is to assist that person in reaching out for help. Turning Point’s Crisis Line is 586-463-6990.”
Christopher Castillo was arraigned today in 42-1 District Court – Romeo, where Smith’s Office asked that Defendant be denied bond. Magistrate Andary granted the request and scheduled a Probable Cause Conference for April 30th at 9 AM.