UPDATE: Infant was suspect's cousin

Arraingnment cancelled. Suspect too 'combative' for hearing.
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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Well this is what you get when the government takes away your right to discipline your children. That is if his parents were even around to keep an eye on him.


He was raised by his grandparents and yes his mom and dad was in his life.


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She is? I thought I saw her a few weeks ago..


why is that your business please mind your own


Ummm ,because I know Denzel's mom is not in jail..


Why are you making up things his mom isnt in jail.Maybe your mom is but lets not get on here and lie just so you can get a reaction


the baby's mom is in jail


I wondered about that since they said they couldn't release the name until they notified the mother. So sad.


I do agree with what you say. How do we as a society?

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There sure have been a lot of murders of children in Erie County in the past few years. So sad.


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Denzel why After all you have been threw would you do this? Why would you put your grandma and granddad through all this drama every time you read the paper fighting being drunk. What happened to that proper little preppy kid? Well you did the crime so you have to face the law i would love to know what happened

The Answer Person

Pathetic but what do you expect?

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Yeah denzel, why would you do this?


WHERE the heck was the mother?!?!?!?


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I know....the fact that the mother did not know yet... crazy.


Not positive as I don't personally know the family, but I was told that the mother was in jail on a probation violation, and her fathers family was taking care of the baby. Denzel is her cousin.

Put America 1st

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I couldn't agree with you more. I think it would cut back on a lot of the nonsense posted here if we all had to log in with our facebook or twitter accounts.


As if Facebook and Twitter accounts are real names and locations? LOL.


Well, that's true too...


I have neither FB or twitter account...don't see the point in telling everybody every minute of your day.


Ever play Bubble Witch on Facebook? You get to certain levels and need help from 3 friends. I have 4 Facebook accounts so I don't have to wait for help and constantly bug my friends. Only one is my real name. Logging in with Facebook wouldn't cut back on anything.

Erie Countian

I grieve for the loss of an innocent baby, and I also grieve for my hometown of Sandusky. Once again, I cannot believe what this town is coming to.


I'm with you~so sad~Sandusky used to be a GREAT town! Now we have to be afraid to go outside~Day or Night!!!!