UPDATE: Infant was suspect's cousin

Arraingnment cancelled. Suspect too 'combative' for hearing.
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May 17, 2013

UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: Police encountered a chaotic scene at Dewey Street when responding to a 911 call Thursday night.

In the call, an unidentified female asked only for help before hanging up on the dispatcher.

When Sandusky police officers arrived, they found several family members engaged in a fight, in a pile up of sorts, Chief John Orzech said.

Within seconds, the chaos accelerated when Denzel Castile, 19, broke away and struggled with a woman over the 11-week-old victim, Athena Castile.

Then Castile wrestled the infant away and ran down a hallway in the home.

That's when police realized he had a steak knife and was stabbing the child, said Detective Sgt. Dana Newell.

Another family member used a stun device on Castile, who then dropped the knife and let go of the child.

Sgt. Dawn Allen scooped up the child and rushed her out the door to a waiting ambulance, who took her to Firelands Regional Medical Center.

Though a medical helicopter was standing by to take Athena to a Toledo hospital for treatment, she was never stable enough for the transfer and died early Friday morning.

The police officers remaining at the Dewey Street home had to use a taser and mace to subdue Castile before arresting him.

When Erie County deputies took him to the hospital to have the taser probes removed before booking him into the jail, Castile again became combative, biting one deputy in the hand and kicking another.

A few hours before his scheduled arraignment by video feed in Sandusky Municipal Court Friday, Castile started acting up again.

"He had some behavioral issues," Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said. "He was placed in a restraint chair and is on suicide watch to deal with those issues."

It's unclear how many stab wounds the infant suffered, though it appeared she sustained at least one wound to the head and another to the abdomen.

Her body has been sent to the Lucas County coroner's office for an autopsy.

UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: Sandusky police have identified the child, Athena Castile. While early information indicated she was 11 months old, she was only 11 weeks old, police Chief John Orzech said.

She is a relative of Denzel Castile, charged with assault in her death. Exactly what their relationship is unclear.

The second person injured inside the Dewey Street home late Thursday has been identified as David Castile, also a relative.

Check back for more updates throughout the day.

May 17, 2013, 1 a.m.: An (11-week-old) infant stabbed late Thursday died in the emergency room.

"She died before they were able to Lifeflight her out," Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said this morning. "The ER worked for an extensive time attempting to save her."

Denzel Castile, of the 1500 block of Shelby St., was arrested at the scene and is being held in the Erie County jail without bond. He was charged with assault and likely will face murder charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned this morning via video hookup from the Erie Couinty Jail.

One other person inside the Dewey Street home was injured in the attack but was treated and released, Orzech said.

Police are withholding the child's name pending notification of her mother.

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Comments

ColdAsIce

WOW. I have no words for this!

jojodaddy77

Prayers to that little one's family.

The Bizness

Sickening

I just hope that this was some sort of crazy accident. (probably won't be though)

luvblues2

Baby. 11 weeks old. Stabbed multiple times. Yeah, some kinda crazy "accident". Did you read the entire article?

The Bizness

Justice will be served

the updates weren't posted when I made my initial comment

Bada Bing

Wth is wrong with these monsters... Can't even be called human! What could a poor helpless child like that due to make someone do this....death to this monster!

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SmithMan1

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he said she said

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Westender

"he said she said" his comment must had hit home.

he said she said

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WhyRweHere

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

BEHAPPY

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SmithMan1

bring it.

he said she said

You couldn't handle it.

he said she said

This little baby hadn't even started to live their young life. I will keep the family in my thoughts....

Westender

My prayers go out to the little child.

Hoss McGee

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he said she said

see above comment to Westender.

But no, I'm no relation. If I was, I probably would have saved the county money on a trial.....

Betherella

I heard the baby was 11 weeks old, not 11 months.

deertracker

Let's wait for the actual facts as to what happened!

The Bizness

Innocent until proven guilty doesn't happen in this news culture anymore.

WhyRweHere

Yea!! Maybe it was self defense....or maybe the 11 month old was possessed by demons....are you kidding??

TakinOutTheTRASH

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KnuckleDragger

Read the article, fact is a police officer witnessed him stabbing the infant as he ran down the hall. Oh, that's right, you are one of the idiots who think all police officers lie. Yup, that mentality worked out great for the last two murderers you commented on that were sent away.

The Bizness

I am sure he did it, my statement was just a statement about how I see things in general. I hope justice is served.

Sitting In The ...

You want facts....this male stabbed the infant then fled the scene before he could be arrested. Meanwhile Sandusky PD was doing everything they could to save this child, I'll never forget the pleads for the EMS to "Step it up". Shortly after the infant was transported to the hospital which put the wing the baby was in on lock down . A few minutes later the suspect was seen driving a vehicle at which time a high speed pursuit began and the suspect finally stopped at the Speedway at 250 & 2. The suspect resisted so he was tased. Everything I've said here is true because I heard it live on my scanner. I can back up everything I've said with audio files I have saved.

The Bizness

Looks like you were wrong.

he said she said

yes we want facts and your facts are wrong...two different people doing two different crimes

Sitting In The ...

I was correct up until where I said the suspect fled. But congratulations on figuring out it was two different people did you do that all by yourself?

donutshopguy

This is a very sad event. But, folks lets look at the bigger picture. We as a society have degraded the value of human life to zilch.

When did this happen? How did this happen? Can we change this downward spiral?

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