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Baby died with multiple injuries from attack

Jessica Cuffman • May 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM

An 11-week-old girl died last week of multiple sharp- and blunt-force trauma injuries to all areas of her body, according to a preliminary autopsy by the Lucas County coroner’s office.

The autopsy report does not specify the exact number of injuries Athena Castile suffered May 16 in a Dewey Street home in Sandusky.

Charged with aggravated murder in Athena’s death is her 19-year-old cousin, Denzel Castile, who remains in the Erie County jail on $1 million bond. He’s also charged with felonious assault and assault on a police officer.

Police say Castile used a steak knife to stab Athena multiple times at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officers went to the home after receiving a 911 hangup call, and it took multiple zaps from a Taser to subdue him before he could be arrested.

At least one of the stab wounds perforated Athena’s skull. The infant also suffered a broken rib and a hairline fracture to the right side of her skull, according to the preliminary autopsy.

An ambulance rushed Athena to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where hospital staff worked on her for more than an hour before she was pronounced dead.

Family members have told police Castile simply snapped Thursday, and they said he had not been acting like himself for months.

Castile graduated from Sandusky High School  in 2012 and played a year of football for the Blue Streaks before enrolling at The University of Toledo. He had only recently returned to Sandusky for his summer break.

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