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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Comments

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

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Remarks that discriminate based on age, race, religion, disability, etc..

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...

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