Teenager snapped before stabbing

Dozens of tearful family members and friends attend brief court hearing Monday for the man who killed his 11-week-old cousin. Click here for related articles, video and photos.
Jessica Cuffman
May 21, 2013

 

Denzel Castile, 19, had little to say during his arraignment in Sandusky Municipal Court. He told Judge Erich O’Brien he had no questions about the charges, and O’Brien set his bond at $1 million. 

Castile is charged with aggravated murder in Thursday’s death of Athena Castile, who was stabbed at least once in the head and once in the body. 

He’s also charged with felonious assault and assault on a police officer. His attorney is Erie County public defender Jeff Whitacre.

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Police said Castile used a steak knife to stab Athena when he was at his grandparents’ Dewey Street home late Thursday night. Relatives told police he snapped, and he had not been himself for several months.

Family members had previously taken him to the hospital for an evaluation after noticing his altered mental state, authorities said, but doctors had said there was nothing wrong with him.

Sandusky police went to the home at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday after dispatchers received a 911 hangup call. Officers arrived to a chaotic scene, with family members apparently trying to subdue Castile, who somehow managed to wrest away Athena and stab her several times. 

A family member zapped Castile with a stun device, and officers then sprayed him with pepper spray and used a Taser to zap him multiple times before he was finally subdued. He was taken to the hospital to have Taser barbs removed, then taken to the Erie County jail, where he has been suicide watch since. He’s also been under a physician’s care at the jail, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

Still reeling from the tragedy, Castile’s family members cried silently as O’Brien read the charges. Castile appeared via video from the jail.

David Castile, Denzel’s grandfather and Athena’s great-grandfather, said it was not his grandson appearing on the courtroom’s television monitor. Something changed in his grandson since he graduated from Sandusky High School in 2012 and went to the University of Toledo as a freshman.

“There’s all kinds of things out there that will cripple, that can happen,” David said.

Family and church members have joined to support the Castile family since Thursday’s incident, and Sandusky police have been of great comfort, too, David said.

“They operated out of the spirit,” He said. “I couldn’t believe how comforting they were.”

The community’s reaction has been that of kindness, as well as a sort of rallying cry to create a movement to support children and young adults who transition from home life to being on their own, David said.

Athena’s body was sent Friday to the Lucas County coroner’s office for an autopsy. Erie County coroner Brian Baxter said he hadn’t receive any results from the examination as of Monday, although he expects the results this week. 

Athena’s death marks the first murder in Erie County this year. Last year was especially troublesome, as five people were charged in a record seven homicides in Sandusky.  

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BlueAngel

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phroggy

I thought the kid was 11 months old not 11 weeks. No matter. It's still a sick and cruel act.

stepham2009

Yes your right it really doesn't matter....but I know the grandmother and mother and the baby was 11 weeks old....I also know the young man who did this and I can HONESTLY say the person that did this IS NOT the Denzel I have known for several years....It is a VERY SAD and AWFUL situation for ALL involved...Just keep PRAYING Sandusky....KEEP PRAYING

SuspectBlackMale

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lor70

This is a terrible situation! An innocent life take way too soon, and another young life ruined! It looks like the family tried getting the help he needed but the doctors didn't help him! My prayers are with you, Castile family!

SuspectBlackMale

Blame the DOCTORS?? There are LAWS you know? As an adult he can't be forcibly committed because the family says so. THANK LIBERALS for the deinstitutionalization of the DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL. When there was still a state mental hospital system and fewer laws that protect the dangerously insane over the welfare and safety of the public HE COULD HAVE BEEN PUT AWAY AND TREATED

DOCTORS CAN"T VIOLATE THE LAW OR PREDICT THE FUTURE. Think before you speak

crazyaide

RIP precious little one...

AEversole

I cant imagine the pain this family is suffering, my heart and prayers go out to the Castile family.( what a tragedy) It is unfortunate and borderline neglectful that they noticed that something wasn't right with the young man and the doctors said he was fine. I know that doctors cant diagnose everything correct all of the time, buy I feel like with the proper mental stability testing this could have probably have been avoided. Were there mental evaluations evaluations taken or a recommendation for mental counciling. SUPER SAD

kam33

stop it...place blame where it belongs...and that's with the monster that did this

SuspectBlackMale

Then go change the laws that for years have been enacted by LIBERALS to put the "rights" of the DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL over the safety and lives of the public. Since you have decided that there is more than a 50% chance this could have been prevented, WHAT TESTING SHOULD THE DOCTORS have done and what testing did they do? You must have some inside knowledge that lets you establish a better than 50/50 chance the murder could have been prevented, enlighten us please?

brassman

Of course the family is going to blame the doctors and because of HIPAA the doctors can't even give their side of the story. If he wasn't showing signs that he was a danger to himself or others when the doctors saw him, they can't force treatment on him. He's an adult.

kam33

agreed...sick of people placing blame in other areas rather than at the monster that perpetuated this crime

SuspectBlackMale

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nothing new

Omg..your going a little overboard here...maybe you need a MH Eval. I couldnt even finish your post...And btw..we are not all genectically the same.for example.. there are several medications where dosages are altered according to your race/ethnicity because we are different genetically..amoung many many other things...you obviously have no medical background...Go preach your crap somewhere else...ill PRAY for you ;)

your master

Www. so it was at college that did it ture that dirty evil college ban all colleges

kam33

yeah genius it was the college....oh by the way that is sarcasm....it wasn't that monster who started doing drugs and drinking...no it cant be his fault...sarcasm again...is that because not going to college worked out so well for you...hopefully you were being sarcastic with your post

SuspectBlackMale

LIBERALS telling him he was oppressed, suppressed and kept down by the white man and he should rampage against society to correct the ills of white society?

your master

Is ikt true the family is planning on sueing the hospital?

kam33

yeah man maybe you can get in on that...have mercy...you done blaming everyone else yet...start looking at your friend Denzel start placing blame there

SuspectBlackMale

Given the demographics of the fambily, I would not be surprised at all. I am sure some AMBULANCE-CHASING LAWYERS have already been chasing them telling them WE CAN SUE AND IT WON"T COST YOU A PENNY UNLESS WE WIN!

HAOLEGIRL

I just don't understand why none of the adults in the house did not feel the need to remove Athena when the arguing started... The death of this child could have been avoided with that simple action...

your master

of the hundreds and hundreds of comments made about this topic this one makes the most sense by far

LetTalk

Agreed.

deertracker

Hindsight is 20/20. Athena was obviously being protected but I don't think anyone was expecting what happened!

Simple Enough II

Because they just didn't think it could happen (IMO), and there lies the rub if he wasn't in control of hid facilities they should have been.
Damn shame
I guess I will be labled a racist for my post.

raisingboys

I agree and had this same discussion today. The moment there was any hint of danger, their first instinct should have been to get the baby out of the situation. Very sad situation, but I believe it could have been avoided. Only God knows why.

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2cents

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2cents

Ahhh I thought it was a good plan : )

gene44870

If its true that the family had taken this kid to the hospital and they said nothin was wrong with him , then as far as I can see Firelands Hospital should be held accountable as well

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2cents

I tried to admit someone over 18 for mental issues but no way unless ordered by a judge. Thank you ACLU and HIPPA! The crazy people roam the streets among us. Lock and load!

kam33

Yeah lets blame something else other than the accused...it wasn't his fault it was his mental illness....such BS. It's too hard these days to diagnose a mental illness it isn't like they can just walk in the ER and be diagnosed...He has a drug abuse charge maybe it was the drugs that did it that's what made him do it. Lets sue everyone and take no ownership about what this man did to an 11 week old baby....you got to be kidding me...nowadays everyone has a mental illness hell lets diagnose them all from the time he was born till he was 18 there was nothing wrong with this kid and now all of a sudden he has a mental illness..BS

SuspectBlackMale

DARN THEM for not predicting the future. I DOUBT that they said there was "nothin was wrong with him" What they VERY LIKELY said is that there was nothing they could do to HOLD HIM even for a 72 hour hold IF HE was NOT SUICIDAL or HOMICIDAL. It is STANDARD to ASK someone that. Unless they say "I want to kill myself or someone else" there is LITTLE THEY CAN DO.

Just a shame that people who post don't feel the responsibility to think first or do 30 seconds of research before posting something like holding the hospital accountable.

THEY CAN'T HOLD ANYONE AGAINST THEIR WILL unless that person meets a STRICT CRITERIA, END OF STORY so all brain-dead here PLEASE SHUT UP ABOUT HOLDING THE HOSPITAL ACCOUNTABLE

SamAdams

Mental health issues aren't that simple to diagnose, or even to recognize. It's not like you walk into the emergency room with a broken bone sticking out of one arm or blood running down your neck from a bad cut on your head! Sure, family members might see something is "off," but they KNOW the person. If the would-be patient exhibits behaviors within the norm when the doctor sees him or her, there's no diagnosis let alone treatment possible! Maybe the family should have encouraged, or even demanded, actual psychiatric counseling. With an examination conducted over time, it's a lot more likely there will be some answers. I sincerely hope the rumor the family wants to sue the hospital is JUST a rumor. It's frivolous litigation like that — where people are LOOKING for somebody to blame — that's helped spiral healthcare costs upwards.

Meanwhile, somebody actually wants to do something to assist people in the "transition" to being on their own? SERIOUSLY? Not so very long ago, that was called "growing up." It's something all of us have to do eventually, and I can count on the fingers of no hands just how many of us ended up stabbing babies because Mommy wasn't right there to pick up after us any more! Sheesh. Blame, blame, blame. Maybe George W. Bush got inside Denzel's head and made him do it...

LetTalk

100% Agreed.

SuspectBlackMale

SamAdams - HOW DARE YOU !!!!!???? How DARE you bring logic, common sense and truth into the discussion here!!

And I am SURE that somebody will BLAME DUBYA for this even though it is LIBERALS who PUSHED FOR THE CLOSURE OF STATE MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTIONS

Unassumer

Very often schizophrenia shows up in a person's twenties. It's possible he has some sort of mental illness and they will probably test for that. He had to be out of his mind to kill a baby. It's a terrible tragedy for the family and I hope they one day find peace.

eriemom

+ This

No defense, just understanding how this could happen.

kam33

why do you people keep trying to make excuses for this monster....I don't get it...blaming the hospitals, blaming college...uhh he was ok til he went to college...that's a stupid quote....he is to blame he left home and went wild partying and doing drugs and drinking...OVI, drug abuse, underage drinking....nobody to blame except the monster he is

Julie R.

Unlike that pure evil monster Clinton, I'm beginning to think this guy had a medical problem. A 19-year-old just doesn't snap and stab a baby for no reason ..... and he didn't even care that the police were right there when he did it. For all anybody knows, he could have a fast-growing tumor on his brain. That could very well explain the transition in his mental state that the family members were seeing for several months.

happyfeet64

Although you and I don't always agree if anyone is familiar with schizophrenia or bipolar type 1, then this would explain his behavior. Not to be confused with not accepting responsibility for his actions. But, if it comes out Firelands dropped the ball on this one, that would be as tragic as this baby's death.

bondgirlM

Well Julie that is easy enough to find out, mri of the brain and a blood test for drugs. Lets get on with it so we all know. These questions will easily be put to rest.

erikaj

Denzel was a very nice boy,not sure what happened but it is true as mentioned above that this is the typical age that schizophrenia shows up..praying for everyone involved.

LetTalk

Everyone needs to stop. Denzel may have mental issues, but those kind of issues are difficult to diagnose. I know this due to the fact that mental illness runs in my family. He may not have been that bad when Firelands saw him. Even so, it does not excuse the actions. Denzel is to blame for the death of the baby. The famly is to blame for hanging up and saying nothing was wrong. They should have removed the child when the fight broke out. Even if what happened was not expected, a baby should not have been around a scene like that. Latly, Firelands shut down an entire wing of the hospital for the baby. If she was not stable enough to transport there was nothing they could do. A little body can only take so It is sad, but Denzel needs to be punished for his actions. The feel bad that little has been sadi about the baby as well. People are defending poor Denzel, but what about the poor little life that was taken. No one even seems affected by it. It's all just sad.

Julie R.

If people didn't care about that beautiful baby, I don't think there would be so many comments. As for people defending Denzel, I don't think it's as much defending him as it is trying to figure out why. What made what everybody is saying was a very nice boy change into a stark raving lunatic almost overnight?

SuspectBlackMale

No, most are DEFENDING HIM

santown419

Thank you Julie i have known him all his life.I just dont get what happened.

AJ Oliver

Yes, unassumer, it sounds to me like adolescent onset schizophrenia
http://schizophreniabulletin.oxf...
It can come on suddenly, often to very bright males in their early twenties.
During my teaching years I dealt with two of these cases which were really hard on everyone.
The young guys went from being caring and high achieving to completely delusional in a matter of just a few months. And I do mean "completely".
Condolences to the family . .

KnuckleDragger

The same can be said for drug induced psychosis.

kam33

So your all Doctors now...this isn't nothing but an act of evil period...go the mental illness route it really worked for Randleman...you need to stop making excuses for this monster.. a beautiful baby is dead and instead of praying for the family or this little girl...your focus is making sense of this monster...mental illness, drugs...just stop and point the finger at the monster and put the blame there and stop making excuses for him

AEversole

Exactly Julie. Everyone agrees that Denzel needs and will pay for his actions, but it isn't and wasn't like him to do this and people want to know how n why a good kid can kill his lil cousin

Swiftshot

Before blaming the hospital, lots of scenarios, a lot of options the family had for treatment. Did the family follow up with out pt treatment. And was he totally truthful that he intended hurt on anyone? Easy fix to say "hey, let's sue the hospital" oh and by the way... Lets blame the hospital that the baby died. Come on people, think before you post!

eriemom

@Swift: I don't think that most posters are blaming anyone including Firelands Hospital. There is no fix. The child is dead and his cousin killed her. To understand the cause is just human nature.

kam33

that's not true most posters are making excuses, or blaming, or trying to come up with a logical reason why this Monster did this...let me help you guys out...there are no reasons for this action...it is a pure act of evil and you cant make sense of evil...it just is....I pray for the family of this little girl.

happyfeet64

There are numerous individuals that can be classified as evil but I do not believe this young man falls into that catagory. No one is trying to condone his actions or point the finger somewhere else or make excuses BUT it's human nature to try and comprehend the "whys" of what happened. I'm very sure you have never really encountered evil in your life or seen it face to face- I have, on a personal level and I see clients EVERY day when I'm at work that are mentally ill and unmedicated and it's a very sad and frustrating part of my job. So seriously I really believe this boy could very well have snapped because of an undiagnosed mental illness. and if that's true, then that's tragic because that means this baby could still be alive if only he had received the help he needed. Peace and strenght to ALL the members of this family.

kam33

I see evil everyday its my job...I deal with the mentally ill and criminally insane...I have had a gun pointed in my face..i have been shot at and I have been stabbed....that is my job and I deal with evil on a daily basis... this man is EVIL..I have done this job long enough that the, I snapped, and insanity plea only works 1% of the time in all criminal trials....oh and that's right placing blame elsewhere, if he only had the help he needed...BS...more excuses and placing blame to others rather than where it belongs...this monster, evil, demented, selfish, young man who couldn't contain his anger

nosey rosey

No one just snaps. Quit making excuses and saying that this wasn't the person you knew as no one knows what is going on inside a person's head. It's such BS to try to blame this on something other than someone who has no regard for another life.

kam33

agreed

happyfeet64

People do just "snap".It's called psychosis and it's not an excuse- it's trying to comprehend why this poor baby was murdered.

kam33

so your a doctor now....psychosis-loss of contact with reality... A GENERAL psychiatric term to diagnose NUMEROUS psychiatric conditions with abnormal sign or symptom that affects the mind, causing people to change the way they think, feel, perceive things, and behave...that doesn't mean snap...I think what you meant to say it was a psychotic break...that is snapped.....and there is no making sense of it since all murders are crazy because it goes against NORMAL instinct to murder someone...there is no excuse...he's evil...that's all stop trying to find out why and start helping this family heal from losing a beautiful baby girl rather than defending the monster who killed her

jflannery

My prayers go out to this family, and for the person that said where was god in either this article or another one shame on you!! God gives you choices in life you are supposed to know right from wrong so this is in no way, shape, or form gods fault! There is no excuse why u need to kill a child or any person period, obv this man has a prob and needs help. What is this world coming to all I ever hear any more is another helpless child being taken , it never used to be like this ... I pray for a better world for people to stop fighting and to be positive, but I kno it's going to continue to get worse because people never listen, dont let the devil take u over ignore him and except Jesus in your heart and he will guide u threw and help u over come anything. again I'm so sorry for all the family and friends that knew or was related to this little girl and this young man , my heart goes out to all of u I also just lost my bAby cousin that was 3 years old so I know the pain u must be feeling stay strong everyone *god has another beautiful angel*

SanMommy2

Well said!!!!

SuspectBlackMale

"God gives you choices in life you are supposed to know right from wrong so this is in no way, shape, or form gods fault!"

REALLY? So we have the BIPOLAR SCHIZOPHRENIC GOD? WHICH GOD ARE YOU REFERRING TO?

The one who gives FREE WILL? Or the ONE WHO INTERFERES WITH THE ENTIRE EARTH? WHICH ONE IS THAT?

Your "god" SPENT most of the old testament and even part of the new testament INTERFERING with people actions on Earth.

The "god" who just WATCHED as a steak knife plunged into an 11 week old baby is the SAME GOD who:

WIPED OUT ALL OF EARTH, killing HUNDREDS of thousands, perhaps MILLIONS, many no dooubt INNOCENT of any wrong-doing with the GREAT FLOOD except for a handful of hand-picked favorites of his

WIPED OUT Sodom and Gomorrah

Played one of the most sickening hateful games in the history of the Earth to win a bet against Satan with Job, one SICK GOD killing and maiming INNOCENTS for the fun of it

Then again, God letting the baby die is right up his sick twisted alley

SuspectBlackMale

"My prayers go out to this family" what good does that do

"for the person that said where was god in either this article or another one shame on you!! " Hmmm, JUDGE NOT?? or do you practice CAFETERIA CHRISTIANITY? pick and choose which parts of the BUY-BULL to follow?

"it never used to be like this " ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING? The BUY-BULL is full of all sorts of stories FAR worse than this one. As I recall CAIN killed ABEL, the first two children on Earth when the Earth was created just 6,000 years ago.

"except Jesus in your heart " Freudian slip or spelling error?

Once again the question is posed. WHAT GOOD IS IT BEING AN 11 WEEK OLD BABY ANGEL who can't grow old? That is more like HELL than HEAVEN.

Kind of lie in Interview with a Vampire where Brad Pitt and Tommy Cruise made Kirsten Dunst into a TWEEN VAMPIRE.

Seems to me it would be just like being a BABY or toddler angel. In fact the LAST thing adults would want in heaven is a toddler angel that hasn't grown out if its terrible twos and while every body is trying to meditate to heavenly harp music, toddler angels are throwing temper tantrums because God won't let them visit the bottomless frosted sprinkled donut case at the Krogers in heaven before bed time so they get all mad and start flying around knocking down pearly gates, spilling holy water at the peraly-gated catholic community churches

number1nana

I have known Denzel and the mother of beautiful baby Athena since they were born as my daughter is the mothers sister and Denzels first cousin. This is a horrible tragedy and loss for both families. I am hoping that for future posts people on here could just send their prayers out because I have seen alot of posts on here for the past few days and I know for a fact they would be hurtful to both families. They can read this just like we can. I myself was hurt to read some of the things our community says. We all have a right to our own opinion but please be respectful of others feelings before you speak on this tragedy. Baby Athena will be dearly missed and we are doing all we can to keep both families from falling completely apart!

kam33

I'm sorry for your families loss and couldn't imagine what the family is going through...that sweet child is now with God and pray the family can do its best to heal and cope.

SuspectBlackMale

Send prayers WHERE? How are they made directional?

SanMommy2

Where is this comment of suing the hospital coming from? I honestly think suing the hospital is furthest from this family's mind right now. They have a funeral for a gorgeous babygirl soon, and a trial for a (in my opinion) a mentally ill relative, not to mention some type of help for the baby's grieving mother. Right now they need answers, they need prayers, they need support. This is not just 2 families, this is a family combined. None of us unless we've been in their shoes, can imagine what they are going through right now. Please keep praying for them and Sandusky

BillieChris

SanMommy2, I agree with your comment. This family is going through enough already, and unless we have been through this, we have no idea what they are going through. Heaven got another Angel, and she will look over them all.

kam33

No mental illness just a monster....too many excuses for this monster...the hospitals fault, he had a mental illness, he is on drugs that's why he did it....no he is a monster and he is to blame he needs the same thing done to him in prison...I take that back im angry he is getting so much support and/or excuses made for him I don't wish any harm on no one only Justice...and he wasn't remorseful he continued to fight in jail the had to delay the arraignment because he was being violent and trying to assault staff...no mental illness...just some selfish SOB jonesing for his next hit of whatever he is on.....Monster

happyfeet64

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SanMommy2

Kam33 I can't with you. I can't sit here and debate with someone who thinks they sit next to Jesus. Are you a doctor, clearly no because you'd be conscious enough to understand this does not add up here. This is a hurtful, stressful situation for the family. As well as Sandusky. You have the nerve to sit here and judge, & poor down harsh criticism from your 1 track mind. Things like this happen all over the world unfortunately, and we had a taste of it here in this good old town. Have a little sympathy for the family, even if you hate Denzel's guts. There is a funeral today so there is no more time today for your foolishness. When you come down off your high house, hopefully you'll be a bit more kind hearted. Good day

kam33

I'm not that big on religion...I do believe in a higher power...I believe theres good and evil and its in black and white your either moral and have values and follow ALL laws or your evil and do evil deeds. Good and Evil man nothing dealing with religion here. There is NO reason for the family to tell the 911 dispatcher everything is ok and hang up....there is NO reason that baby needed to be around any fighting members of the family...the same family who told police everything was fine and handled...There is NO ABSOLUTELY NO REASON, EXCUSE, for a man...haha man I mean MONSTER to kill AN 11 WEEK OLD BABY....and this town has all to often these recent years seen EVIL and people not stepping up, turning a blind eye, or in this case making excuses for these kids behaviors.....I have seen it all to much and deal with these kids on a daily basis, mentally ill, criminals, the lost and wandering souls of these kids taken by the streets and not one parent, teacher, preacher, community taking responsibility.....Do me a favor... you see a crime and a cop asked you what you seen, and this goes for the whole community, instead of I didn't see nothing or everything is ok, or we don't need the cops here....get the balls to tell the truth and be a WITNESS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY stop the divide and take back the neighborhood from these violent offenders....but hey you keep being part of the problem and say this was a good kid, or make excuses for him...I'm not religious but I do know right from wrong and you maam are dead wrong...point the finger where it needs to be at this MONSTER....and I'm not on a high horse but im above a murdering psycho.....I do believe in God and I pray this family can heal the best they can

Swiftshot

The first page of posts there was a comment on taking legal action against the hospital because they did not properly treat him for his mental issues. I totally disagree

SanMommy2

Swiftshot my apologies I skimmed over the 1st page of posts. All I'm saying is I do not believe that issue is on the family's mind at this point. It may be people speaking on behalf of the family. However we all need to be in prayer for the city, and the tragedies experienced.

Simple Enough II

Has the sandusky register looked @ interviewing the father of the baby to see how he feels?

YoMamma

Maybe it was the drugs he was on that caused him to "snap"! I bet he is acting like a real man in jail. Got his I'm a tuff guy baby killer attitude. Maybe these people need to stop emulating the thug life and act like human beings. Where is the black on black crime group standing outside yelling "no justice no peace"?

kam33

why do you people keep trying to make excuses for this monster....I don't get it...blaming the hospitals, blaming college...uhh he was ok til he went to college...that's a stupid quote....he is to blame he left home and went wild partying and doing drugs and drinking...OVI, drug abuse, underage drinking....nobody to blame except the monster he is

happyfeet64

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santown419

Are you still mad because no one agreed with his police record being nothing but a joke. You are so angry he underage drank so did i. He went to parties so did alot of others. Sorry you didnt when you were nineteen but to keep bringing up his record like its terrible is useless alot of us has done alot more than this at ninteen. CHILL!!

kam33

JOKE...OVI is a JOKE...11,000 people die a year from that....drug abuse...drinking underage...just saying the past year there has been a pattern not to mention what his juvenile record was like... which is sealed to the public

luvblues2

Chill kammie. You're gonna hurt that keyboard if you keep slammin' like that.

daydreamer

I'm really at loss for words. I kno the family and can clearly tell Denzel is not acting himself. I don't believe the family thought that a chaotic scene would turn into this. RIP little angel and may god be with all affected by this horrible tragedy.

SamAdams

The plain and simple truth here is that ALL murderers are crazy. People with normal minds don't kill other people (the exception, obviously, is self defense). So, okay, there's your excuse and your reason. The real question is what we DO with murderers after the fact.

As for prayers vs. judgmental comments, well, I appreciate that the family is suffering. But they must realize that all of us feel bad about the baby even as we resent and condemn the heck out of the man who killed her. If they find comments here hurtful (and I suspect almost EVERYthing hurts right now), I respectfully suggest they stay away from the news reports and blogs. It can't help, it won't change anything, and it most certainly WILL hurt. That's something that IS within their control. I think they ought to use it.

he said she said

I sympathy in my soul for this family for losing not only their precious little girl, but also the man that killed her.

I know a couple of kids that know Denzel. From what they say, and I don't know how true it is because I don't know him personally, he changed. They say that this Denzel that killed the baby is not the Denzel that they knew 3-4 months ago.

I'm not sticking up for him, he committed a murder but when I have kids that are no relation telling me he changed, I wonder if something did snap in his mind.