Bond $1 million for teen who stabbed infant

A 19-year-old accused of stabbing to death his 11-week-old cousin appeared via video in Sandusky Municipal Court on Monday.
Jessica Cuffman
May 20, 2013

 

Denzel Castile still wore dark blue scrubs inmates at the Erie County Jail who have been placed on suicide watch wear while incarcerated.

He said only one sentence during the brief hearing, where his attorney, public defender Jeff Whitacre represented him, entering not guilty pleas to aggravated murder, felonious assault and assault on a peace officer.

Late Thursday night, police arrested Castile after witnessing him wrench his infant cousin, Athena Castile, away from family members and stab her several times in the midst of a chaotic scene at his grandparents Dewey Street home.

Though police and paramedics rushed the infant to Firelands Regional Medical Center, she died of the wounds about two hours later.

Police had to subdue Castile with a taser gun and pepperspray before they could handcuff him, and at the hospital, he bit a deputy's thumb so hard he broke skin.

In court Monday, nearly 40 family members and friends appeared for the short hearing, tearful as Judge Erich O'Brien read out loud the charges filed against him.

His bond was set at $1,025,000.

For details on how the crime has affected Castile's family and the community and efforts to come together in the face of such tragedy, pick up Tuesday's copy of the Register.

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Bada Bing

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Raoul Duke

This story doesn't need our comments.

SuspectBlackMale

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Cowboy

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AEversole

Thug???????I am not sure, but I was under the impression that up untill this the boy was a pretty good kid. I think he just snapped for what ever reason. He definitely deserves what is coming to him, and I am not justifying Or defending this type of behavior. It is sad and disturbing. My heart is with the family involved in this tragedy.

Brittany Murphy

My prayers are with the entire Castile family. May God fill you with His comfort and love through this difficult time.
I pray that the people of Sandusky can be understanding of how hard this situation is on the Castile family. There is no happy ending to this for them and hateful comments about their loved ones only intensifies their pain.

OH-IO

Brittany Murphy your a strong caring woman. I know you never condoned what the young man did. You simply mentioned that he was known to be a good boy and it seems alot of the community felt he was too. He obviously isn't as good as many thought but your criticism is unwarranted for saying what you knew. You didn't excuse him or say he was innocent. Understand that hate spews out of our hearts if it's there. It didn't take this situation for people to show it. It was already in their hearts. Alot has happened in this community that has angered people. Justice will be served. This has nothing to do with the hate you experienced. The community needs more caring and compassionate people like you. Your not the problem. Stay strong. Love and peace.

SuspectBlackMale

"Justice will be served" by WHO? Any court in Ohio?? DREAM ON

He will PLEA BARGAIN down to a 15-20 yr sentence and be out in 10

True Sandusky doesnt have a prosecutor as bad as PLEA BARGAIN BATES of Lucas County but OHIO JUSTICE IS A JOKE.

As for "GOD" punishing him? All COUPE DE VILLE, or DENZEL or whatever has to do as CONFESS his sins to god, REPENT and

DENZEL WILL GO TO HEAVEN where I guess the baby will still be a baby.

Hmmm. So WHY is there even a COMMANDMENT against MURDER when it is SO EASY TO GET INTO HEAVEN?

SuspectBlackMale

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whazup

Assuming the family can post bond, I wonder who will allow him to stay at their home? If he can kill an 11 week old family member, how can anyone feel safe around him?

your master

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SuspectBlackMale

"calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights"

You have GOT TO BE KIDDING !!!???

"insensitivity"??? "presumption of guilt"

Why not just say the only posts allowed are

"MY prayers ...... blah blah blah"

Taken22

I doubt anyone can or will post bond but if they could, why would they? Family or not he just killed one of their own. He shouldnt get a bond set at all. I think he obviously has issues and after doing this horrible act im sure his issues are worse so God only knows what he would be capable of doing at this point.

SuspectBlackMale

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grandmasgirl

From all indications, something happened to this boy's mind. I agree that he needs to be punished for his crimes. What concerns me more is that so many people seem unable to handle stress in their life. May this family come through this trial stronger.

FlowerMom

grandmasgirl, this is not caused by stress. This is EVIL! [Period]. I suspect drugs and/or hanging with an EVIL crowd/or giving his mind over to evil posession.

eriemom

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stayfit

Any person has the ability to perform an act of good or evil. It is the choices we make. A prominent Perkins student fell that was an athlete and good student has been in and out of prison on heroin charges for four years. He comes from a good family and did not hang with a bad crowd. Just as the killer above made a choice, so too have many others chose to do awful things. No one other than the killer knows what caused the action.

VOTENO

Hope the death penalty is used.

stayfit

It costs more money to put someone on death throw than to keep them in prison for life due to appeals and high-price trials. Proper rehabilitation programs in prison would be more beneficial. He may never see the light of day, but it would provide more time for the individual to make something of his life. Stanley Williams, who began the street gang Crips, killed multiple people and was on death row for murders. While serving time in prison, he spoke out against gangs and wrote children's books to inspire children to make positive choices. No person is all good nor all bad, but an eye for eye leaves the world blind. The crime is heinous but taking the life of another will never bring closure to the hearts of the family.

SuspectBlackMale

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Informed

Flower, how do you know this boy isn't mentally ill? You suspect drugs or evil, but not mental illness?
Grandma, mental illness is not caused by everyday stress.

Brittany Murphy

Lets be real Informed. They assume drugs or evil because hes black. Sad!

VOTENO

Saying get a life is name calling? Who's the moderator? A pre school teacher?

WhatTheHeck

You assume it

Kelly

Yeah, people couldn't possibly think he's evil because he brutually murdered an 11 week old baby. It has to be because he's black. It couldn't he the fact that he sunk a knife into a precious little girl's head. It has to be because he's black. Oh wait...what color was that sweet little baby again?

stayfit

They assume drugs or evil because the dude is suspected of killing an infant. Racism still exists, but the children of today's society face nothing in comparison to prior generations. Our president is African American. The Sandusky Area has prominent African American leaders. I would bet that people would assume the worst due to his crime and not his race. Assumption of racism as a defense mechanism in a comment section that does not illustrate the components of interpersonal communication has limited criteria at best.

SuspectBlackMale

Racism is alive and well, because of blacks who are by far the most racist of all the groups in America. IN what other group to 90% of its members admit to voting for president because of his skin color

But the real way to shut down ignorant PC Nazis (not you , just in general) is with FACTS

FACT - Blacks are 12% of the US population

FACT - In 2011, BLACKS committed 50% of the murders in the US and have for every year going back at least FOUR DECADES
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That is per the FBI/DOJ Report on Homicide Trends

FACT - BLACKS are 50% of VIOLENT OFFENDERS IN PRISON

Ignorant liberals blame all that on RACIST WHITES which of course is racist to think and say that is, in fact, racist, go figure

SabrinaSamson

You are always on the race thing arent you...who said anything about him being black...YOU did..people wold be just as outraged if it was a white person so quit trying to pull the race card

SuspectBlackMale

Its called reality BRITTANY, dear. Try it sometime. It starts with getting that god pollution out of your head

Swiftshot

He needs to stay exactly where he is. And "not guilty plea" wth! am I missing something??

stayfit

If he is mentally insane, he can be found not guilty even if he committed the crime by reason of insanity.

chongo

Lets hope any defense that this individual gets doesn't try to hide behind the "mentally Ill" game.. seems anymore that when guilt is at a level like this, that card gets played to avoid his true deserving judgement.. time to bring back old sparky for this genius.

zachfromsandusky2

Get this kid a full psych work up! He has to have severe mental issues to brutally murder an infant family member.

zachfromsandusky2

Get this kid a full psych work up! He has to have severe mental issues to brutally murder an infant family member.

whazup

Most definitely he needs a full evaluation! I believe he either was under the influence of a substance or is mentally ill. Either way, he most likely knew what he was doing was wrong and will answer for his actions.

Brainiac2007

Brittany Murphy Im not on here to degrade your religion but your just as racist as the rest when you continuously throw that racial card. I believe you have mentioned his color more often then anyone on this forum! I would also assume drugs as he was arrested not all that long ago on a drug charge! Drugs mess with peoples minds turn good kids into hellions. Now please if you want us all to believe you have this strong urgency to portray God and pass on his word you may want to think about your comments before hand! This is NOT about race for the most of us this is about the heinous crime he committed by STABBING to DEATH an 11 week old baby, please EVERYONE drop the race card, the baby was also black so there is no racial B.S needed

stayfit

Brittany Murphy pulling the race card is a simplistic defense mechanism. She would not be able to use it if racism didn't exist. Society will continue to evolve and racism will hopefully one day be put to rest, even if that day comes long after my time on Earth is completed.

SuspectBlackMale

There is a big difference between "racism" and REALITY

Here, I will show you

Suppose that the current 12% BLACK population in the United States committed 12% of all the murders and was 12% of VIOLENT OFFENDERS IN PRISON

Then somebody comes on here talking about some "black violent crime epidemic"

that would be rather stupid. Of course racist blacks would say "You whites commit MOST of the murders" That would be equally stupid if the 65% white population committed 65% of the murders.

Both would be EQUALLY as likely to commit murder and there would be no racial component to either

NOW SUPPOSE that that SAME 12% BLACK population in the US committed 50% of all MURDERS and were 50% of VIOLENT OFFENDERS IN PRISON

Somebody comes on here talking about the EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF VIOLENT CRIME COMMITTED BY BLACKS.

The ignorant and deluded politically correct crowd would immediately start throwing around the "RACIST !!!" and "KKK" epithets towards the presenter of that information

EVEN IF the presenter of those FACTS gave the SOURCES such as the FBI/DOJ Report on HOmicide Trends in the US and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Report on Prison Offender Characteristics.

IN FACT, per the FBI/DOJ HOmicide Trend report they specifically state that in 2011 "BLACKS WERE SEVEN TIMES MORE LIKELY TO COMMIT HOMICIDE THAN WHITES"

That is because the 65% of the US population that is Non-HIspanic white only commits 25% of the murders

SO AGAIN, I present the question.

IS IS RACIST TO CLAIM THAT BLACKS COMMIT WAY TOO MUCH VIOLENT CRIME AND MURDER when it is 100% TRUE?

FYI, FACTS can NOT BE RACIST , by definition. Look it up

nothing new

I don't recall anyone saying "its because he's white" when Mike Milner beat baby Owen to death. Race is not the issue...the crime is the issue. And I'm tired of the mental illness card.OF COURSE a person who murders is crazy because sane people know right from wrong sane people don't stab a baby to death...that said, being crazy (should not) be a legal defense!!!! You still did it..you still deserve full punishment

SuspectBlackMale

Maybe you should pay attention to "new" data when it sheds light that pierces one's ignorance

Your comment is akin to saying that Manson Dahmer and Gacy mean that there is no black violent crime problem

When 12% of the US population that is black commits 50% of all the murders and 50% of VIOLENT CRIME, there is a RACIAL COMPONENT whether the cause is race or something that affects blacks differently than all other races.

REGARDLESS until blacks commit no more than about 15% of all the murders and violent crime,, there WILL ALWAYS BE A RACIAL COMPONENT to the black violent crime epidemic

That is NOT racism, NOT stereotyping but SOURCED FACT

FBI DOJ report on Homicide Trends in the United States
http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=...
FBI DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.bjs.gov/

your master

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kam33

You need to learn to write in English...All I got was free Denzel..seriously...your sick in the head

SuspectBlackMale

Love it when somebody tries to ridicule the "English" of others and uses the possessive "your" (sic) when they should have used the contraction of "you are" which is "you're".

Saying "your sick in the head" is stating the the persons "sick" is in their head. (sort of but even that would not be grammatically correct)

jfoxlive

Praying for the Castile family. I pray God strengthen the family.

SuspectBlackMale

I bet the family was praying to your "god" to stop the knife from plunging into the baby repeatedly and a lot of good that did

Seems to me that a supposed supreme being who can and supposedly did wipe out the ENTIRE EARTH except for the sailors on the ark and had no qualms about sending lighting and fireballs to wipe out entire cities and can part seas would just sit there and watch a baby get stabbed to death.

Worship that? never

Did you ever see the DEVIL's ADVOCATE with Pacino and Reeves?

NOte to MODErATOR: The followiing is presented with artistic intent and is being properly attributed to the source. While the content may violate the rules if posted directly by me, it is presented as an artistic sourced quote in response to a post regarding God and should therefore be allowed to stand as-is. However to avoid profanity violations, specific words that are usually considered profane will be properly edited to comply with the decorum expected in this forum:

"Al PACINO

"'Who are u carrying all those bricks for anyway?

GOD!!!
is that it GOD!!!

let me give u a little insight information about god.he likes to watch.

he is a prankster.

think about it. he gives men instincts.

he gives you this extraodinary gift.

and u know what he does.i swear, for his own sick amusement.

in his own private cosmic gag reel. he sets the rules in oppostion.

its the goof of all time.

look but dont touch.

touch but dont taste.

taste but dont swallow

(evil laugh)

and while you are jumping from one foot to the next.

what is he doing?

he is laughing his sick (freaking rear) off.

he is a tight (butt)

he is a sadist.

he is an absentee landlord.

Worship that....

NEVER!!!!"

Love614

Heal me, oh Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved. For you are my praise. Jeremiah 17:14. Father only you know why this happened. I pray you strengthen the Castile family and help them get through this difficult, heart wrenching time.

happyfeet64

Amen and blessed be!

SuspectBlackMale

From the Lost Books. Chapter 69, verse 69

"Get a life mine worshippers! This is all fake! I was made up out of human need to understand what only a non-human deity could understand at the time I was fabricated.

I was also made up by the few who wanted to exercise mind-control over the many.

For My sake, STOP IT! Go out, enjoy life and stop leaning on imaginary me as a crutch all your lives. There is nothing after death so stop wasting your time thinking there is.

You would be better off worshipping your neighbor's Buckeye tree than me. At least the Buckeye tree could give you some shade and give your kids something fun to play with and shine up with Pledge after peeling off the pokey shell. "

Here endeth the lesson

happyfeet64

You know I've been reading the comments that everyone has posted these past few days, the condemnation of this boy's actions in murdering this baby and nothing can excuse his actions etc. and everytime something like this occurs it's the same comments and people that post for whatever self centered reasons you have. I am just as disgusted that this has happened. Have any of you given thought to what the mother,grandmother or this baby's siblings are going through? Or even Denzel's mom and their family. I don't know these people personally but my thoughts are with them. This was a good kid, so it seems-can you even imagine as a mother what all of them are going through right now? All the mothers that are on here- can you even imagine the pain and horror his parents or Athena's mom are in right now? A few of you have mentioned in passing your thoughts and prayers are with Jenisa, but I really don't believe that. I believe that your thoughts are with yourselves. The majority of people on here spout so much hate and bitterness no matter what the subject is and well frankly I believe all of you have condemned yourselves and even though you haven't killed anyone physically, you are really no better than some of those you condemn. As for whatever comments that will be posted after I post this- none of it matters to me because you see my actions speak louder than words. My actions are to leave this poor family alone, give them all the support I can by respect their privacy and the pain they are suffering through and donate $$ to help bury this poor baby.

kam33

I agree with you on some points and say I pray for the family. But disagree that this was a good boy...on paper black or white he has multiple criminal charges including drug charges not to long ago he was anything but a good kid. A good kid doesn't get in trouble with the law or puts his family through hell by doing drugs. What is troubling and frustrating I think to many commenters is the excuses people are making for this action. It was the drugs, he was a good boy...it was a mental illness, but this was a good boy...no proof though that he has a mental illness...even some saying he's a good boy HE DIDNT DO THIS. Now you say people are throwing out hate...I believe that it is not hate but frustration...this child was also black the race card does not apply, I think people are hating and frustrated because their scared...Sandusky use to be a nice town now people are scared to go out day or night because of thugs, white, black, brown, yellow there are thugs of all kinds now in Sandusky...And its compounded by the community not taking responsibility for what they are doing to these kids, or making excuses for them, or placing blame in some other direction...if your going to place blame do it to one who deserves it and that's Denzel...not the commenters on this site, not the law, not the educational system, not the courts, Denzel, Denzel, Denzel that's who to condemn that is who has been condemned with his actions.. not the concerned, frustrated, angry(with every right to be), bitter (for one reason or another) Commenters on this site.

happyfeet64

A conviction of a minor misd. of drug abuse is normally used when a small amount of marijuana is found in a vehicle and not actually on a person. That does not say he's an addict. As for Sandusky used to be a good town-it still is-take back your community and stop trying to use the excuse of being scared,etc. of all the thugs. Other communities have done it and they had it alot worse. If you allow the "thugs" to hold you captive, then they win. As for the various emotions you have described that others are feeling as a result of this murder and others prior to this, you get back what you put out. My comments weren't entirely concerning this one specific situation. It seems that numerous members of the community have the potential to identify the "problem" but the only solution they can offer is to advocate violence. And what does that show our children?Whatever you put out into this world, It will come back threefold. And again, I see NOTHING in your post directed towards Athena's family-no sympathy, no compassion and certainly NO RESPECT.

brassman

It's still illegal. Good boys don't break the law.

kam33

I agree with you on some points and say I pray for the family. But disagree that this was a good boy...on paper black or white he has multiple criminal charges including drug charges not to long ago he was anything but a good kid. A good kid doesn't get in trouble with the law or puts his family through hell by doing drugs. What is troubling and frustrating I think to many commenters is the excuses people are making for this action. It was the drugs, he was a good boy...it was a mental illness, but this was a good boy...no proof though that he has a mental illness...even some saying he's a good boy HE DIDNT DO THIS. Now you say people are throwing out hate...I believe that it is not hate but frustration...this child was also black the race card does not apply, I think people are hating and frustrated because their scared...Sandusky use to be a nice town now people are scared to go out day or night because of thugs, white, black, brown, yellow there are thugs of all kinds now in Sandusky...And its compounded by the community not taking responsibility for what they are doing to these kids, or making excuses for them, or placing blame in some other direction...if your going to place blame do it to one who deserves it and that's Denzel...not the commenters on this site, not the law, not the educational system, not the courts, Denzel, Denzel, Denzel that's who to condemn that is who has been condemned with his actions.. not the concerned, frustrated, angry(with every right to be), bitter (for one reason or another) Commenters on this site.

Julie R.

So what kind of criminal record did he have before this?

kam33

Sandusky Municipal Court records show Castile was charged last year with DISORDERLY CONDUCT and DRUG ABUSE. In a traffic stop about two weeks ago, he was charged with UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION, OVI, and two traffic violations.

OVI, underage consumption, drug abuse, disorderly conduct yeah he's a great kid..

happyfeet64

That doesn't spell out M-U-R-D-E-R-E-R that spells out a 19 year old kid! Hope you're not a parent!

SabrinaSamson

Yeah but a knife through an 11 week old multiple times spells m-u-r-d-e-r...and you are a parent ? You just let your kid screw up over and over again and say " oh well thats what makes a 19 year old" wow and we wonder where these kids get their problems from t

kam33

I am and my kids have never broke the law...great student, good athletes, bright future and entrusted with the morals and values their family has given to them...volunteers, and helps anyone they can...I AM A PROUD PARENT...WITH A GREAT LOVING, VERY HAPPY, FAMILY ORIENTED, KIDS WITH GREAT WORK ETHIC...I don't push my kids into anything and support my kids in the decisions they make....If my kids did wrong I made sure to make them know they did wrong...I have never enabled or made excuses for my children. I am a proud parent who will never know what that's like because I have given my kids values and morals...not excuses...

kam33

I suppose your going to defend him also...you read all my post and that is what your concerned about...unbelievable

bluestreakmom

You could not have said my thoughts any better happy feet! This is an unimaginable tragedy. The light needs to be removed from Denzel and placed on the grieving families. These families need our prayers and support! May God wrap these families in His arms and help to bring them comfort.

stayfit

Bluestreakmom, thank you for a positive message. I hope there are many more members of the Sandusky Community that feel the same way.

SuspectBlackMale

Welcome to the world of internet message boards. Just curious, are you new to all this? did your great, great, great grandkids get you a Commodore 64 for your 100th birthday?

As for others wasting time spouting things you disagree with , isn't that what you just did in that diatribe?

Swiftshot

If the bond is posted on this killer and the family accepts donations, I will laugh sarcastically to 1 south for my own psyche eval.

luvblues2

There is no doubt that there is a very strong division in Sandtown. I've said it before and I will say it again. Everyone in a fifty mile radius of your fine city knows this.

santown419

Like norwalk right hateblues>

luvblues2

Norwalk is just as bad. I'm glad I don't live there either. It's just not as big and have "sections of town" like Sandtown does. I have never been afraid to walk anywhere in Norwalk after dark.

stayfit

It would take bath salts or insanity to commit a crime this obscene. I cannot imagine the grief the family is feeling. May strength, perseverance and kindness come to the victim's family in this difficult time.

happyfeet64

To the ones who got what I was trying to say-thank you for not joining the mob scene and realizing what is really important in this tragedy!

starryeyes83

..or heroin or angel dust or acid or a combination of crap....OR JUST plain EVIL!!

SuspectBlackMale

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crazyaide

RIP precious little Angel.