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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@Peacebewithyou...excuses, excuses, quit making excuses for this low life scum!! Nobody cares what his "situation" is, there is no excuse for taking the life of another human being, let alone an 11 week old baby! BTW, as long as there are stories, people will comment on them!!


Unfortunately peace..., the comment section is open for people to leave comments. People are naturally upset that a baby was stabbed.
I can't think of any circumstance where stabbing an 11 week old baby is justified.


Ah yes the walk a mile in his shoes bit. Didn't take long for someone to make this about race. Here is some advice for you, the race card didn't work for Randleman, probably not a good thing to pull for this one.


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peacebewithyou and also you! That being said, please do not use the line 'walk a mile in his shoes before you judge him', because of him little Athena will never be able to walk a mile in his shoes or anyone elses.

(I wil refrain from name calling becuase that is not who I am, nor will I mention his name because the thought of him makes me ill)

I know members of this family myself and I weep for them.

dorothy gale

Knowing his situation would not make a shred of difference. He killed an infant. No reasons, no excuses, can alter what he did. Many people have had horrible lives but they all DO NOT kill! No excuse. He does not deserve a moment's peace or comfort from this day forward.


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.




Kids having Kids, lost morals in our society!

Just saying!


How old was Mary when she gave birth to Jesus?


That would depend on IF Mary or Jesus really existed.

IF they did, they weren't living in a modern welfare, drug addicted society.


'kids having kids' has nothing to do with the murder of an infant.


"Kids having Kids, lost morals in our society!" <<< 2cents

Actually, teen pregnancy is at an all time low.

It's funny about the "lost morals in our society"; every generation says that. :)

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Yep no one gives a hoot what this guys story is, and personally walking in a baby killers shoes any distance is not on my list of things to do.


What a low life scum bag, when found guilty, FRY HIM!!!!

doggie mom

When will we go back to the death penalty for more than just murderers??? Why are we letting these low lifes use up opur resources? Was he drunk, high, have a job, on welfare??? Sorry the baby lost her life but what kind of life was she headed for?


He was in college. The baby could have had a great life. Why would you think otherwise?

doggie mom

Really why would I think otherwise? Hum...maybe because I look at where she was already at just 11 weeks old and can only picture all the struggles that lie ahead only to repeat the faults, teen mother, jail, alcohol/drug issues...it does not take a crystal ball to see MORE THAN LIKELY where she was headed not 100% but look where all those influences have her now...:(


Athena has a wonderful family on her maternal grandmother's side. They love that baby dearly. She is their world. You can't judge what her life was heading for because she was caught in a bad situation. Athena's mom, aunts, grandmother, & great grandmother are strong women who have worked hard to overcome sterotyping that many people making these comments have done. They work hard to succeed in life not living on the welfare system. If you don't know a family of the victim you shouldn't judge. Not that people have the right to judge anyways.


photographer...I know the maternal grandmother, and know that she has accomplished many goals.


I saw a comment that was posted that aggrevated me. Someone stated
"... with a family like that what kind of life was this baby headed for anyways."
I know this family and know they are very loving and have worked to rise above bad situations that have been thrown their way. I was defending them.


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Just go on and say it he was black.


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Might as well, a family member has already thrown out the race card in a previous post. We all know that he is innocent, and this wouldn't be happening if he wasn't black. LMAO


people like him deserve to be put down, brought back to life and then put down again, that way they know before they die for real what misery they put this child through. and anyone who defends this person is an idiot and a monster just like him. don't judge a person by what they have done in the past, it is what they do in the present on how they should be judged


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Race card anyone?


I see three things wrong with this post. I question the use of ? with a !. And in the second use I question if that is actually a question but a statement. The rest of the post seems pretty factual. Maybe it is time to start taking out the trash.


This is very sad and tragic but it is unpredictable.