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Doctor: Man accused of killing baby not competent

Courtney Astolfi • Oct 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

A doctor concluded Denzel Castile, the suspect in the May stabbing of an 11-week-old girl in Sandusky, does not fully understand his criminal charges.


Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone on Thursday morning held a competency hearing for Castile, 19, who remains in the care of the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. Castile did not attend the hearing.

In a statement to the court, the doctor assigned to evaluate Castile’s mental state indicated the teen could be rehabilitated and brought back to mental competency, with sufficient treatment. The court plans to reconsider his ability to stand trial again on April 16.

On May 16, Castile fatally stabbed his cousin’s baby, Athena Castile, at a relative’s Dewey Street home, according to Sandusky police.

After a brief scuffle with family members and officers, Castile was arrested and charged with aggravated murder, felonious assault and assault on a police officer.

A week later, Firelands Regional Medical Center staff issued an order to send Castile to the Toledo psychiatric hospital, where he has remained since.

Castile’s family members have said he displayed a noticeable change in mental status after his first year at college. He was attending the University of Toledo, and returned home for the summer when he allegedly stabbed his infant cousin.

The Erie County prosecutor’s office is considering the possibility of the death penalty for Castile, should he be found guilty if he goes to trial. According to Ohio law, prosecutors may seek the death penalty if a murder victim is younger than age 13.

Athena was the daughter of Jenisa Castile, 19, of Norwalk.

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