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Bond $1 million for teen who stabbed infant

Jessica Cuffman • May 21, 2013 at 4:48 AM

Denzel Castile still wore dark blue scrubs inmates at the Erie County Jail who have been placed on suicide watch wear while incarcerated.

He said only one sentence during the brief hearing, where his attorney, public defender Jeff Whitacre represented him, entering not guilty pleas to aggravated murder, felonious assault and assault on a peace officer.

Late Thursday night, police arrested Castile after witnessing him wrench his infant cousin, Athena Castile, away from family members and stab her several times in the midst of a chaotic scene at his grandparents Dewey Street home.

Though police and paramedics rushed the infant to Firelands Regional Medical Center, she died of the wounds about two hours later.

Police had to subdue Castile with a taser gun and pepperspray before they could handcuff him, and at the hospital, he bit a deputy's thumb so hard he broke skin.

In court Monday, nearly 40 family members and friends appeared for the short hearing, tearful as Judge Erich O'Brien read out loud the charges filed against him.

His bond was set at $1,025,000.

For details on how the crime has affected Castile's family and the community and efforts to come together in the face of such tragedy, pick up Tuesday's copy of the Register.

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