Baby died with multiple injuries from attack

Blunt force also cited in Athena's death
Jessica Cuffman
May 23, 2013

An 11-week-old girl died last week of multiple sharp- and blunt-force trauma injuries to all areas of her body, according to a preliminary autopsy by the Lucas County coroner’s office.

The autopsy report does not specify the exact number of injuries Athena Castile suffered May 16 in a Dewey Street home in Sandusky.

Charged with aggravated murder in Athena’s death is her 19-year-old cousin, Denzel Castile, who remains in the Erie County jail on $1 million bond. He’s also charged with felonious assault and assault on a police officer.

Police say Castile used a steak knife to stab Athena multiple times at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officers went to the home after receiving a 911 hangup call, and it took multiple zaps from a Taser to subdue him before he could be arrested.

At least one of the stab wounds perforated Athena’s skull. The infant also suffered a broken rib and a hairline fracture to the right side of her skull, according to the preliminary autopsy.

An ambulance rushed Athena to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where hospital staff worked on her for more than an hour before she was pronounced dead.

Family members have told police Castile simply snapped Thursday, and they said he had not been acting like himself for months.

Castile graduated from Sandusky High School  in 2012 and played a year of football for the Blue Streaks before enrolling at The University of Toledo. He had only recently returned to Sandusky for his summer break.

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Comments

Kelly

That's better

Eph 2 8-10

Illiterate? Write for help....... They need an editor!

starryeyes83

How many stab wounds?

This baby is not the first and she won't be the last. Just a fact.

deertracker

Wow, it's been a rough year for kids this year!

underthebridge

Thinking the same thing about this area.

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2cents

Children having children!

deertracker

Your point?

2cents's picture
2cents

Lack of maturity, let their emotions direct their actions. No morals in so much of todays youth!

so.....

Wasn't his kid. No children having children.

TRISTINPRUITT

just saying " children having children " that is a stupid statement, i had my daughter at a young age and i am a terrific mother. i graduated, i work ect. my kids do not want for a thing. being a young parent is no excuse to be a loser. if anything it should motivate you to do the exact opposite and prove to people like " 2 cents " wrong. for what this young man or what ever he is done , it is un excusable he has to be plane nuts to have done a thing like this - and another thing it was not even his child - everyone needs to stop making excuses for him, stop pounding him ( i do not know him or am i sticking up for him ) but how about focusing your energy on praying for the baby and her family to heal the best ways they can. yes i do hope that he is prosecuted to the fullest extent- yet i do hope that this boy can also find mental help so someone somewhere can sort out what in the world went wrong with him.. and he realize what a awful thing he has done-and also hopefully prevent future 'outbreaks' on our CO's ect.. but just remember the baby is gone. she does have a family. and they need support from the communities more than ever. as mad as we all are including myself and as much as i want to be angry with him and am... my heart is with athenas family and his as well because i could not fathom being in either shoes. my heart and prayers go out to both- yours should too- they deserve it.

santown419

You didnt hear they are family.

your master

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SuspectBlackMale

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your master

and whoever in that house that forced the original caller to hang up from 9 11 and then the 911 operator called back and that person said there was no problem the baby's blood is on their hands too and I hope Baxter prosecutes that person as well

Lissa4u

I don't agree. From my understanding (from what I've read in the Register)Castile didn't do anything until the police were already there, so there wasn't a big problem concerning the baby until the police arrived at the residence.

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Freeze_Frame

I don't agree with that because the 911 call I listened to, when the Sandusky Police made the return call, the Dispatcher stated that the officers were on their way to the residence and then suddenly I could hear screaming in the background. It seemed logical to me that is when the suspect fighting to gain control of the infant. I may of missed something but that was the conclusion I made from all of it and blaming the cops is just whacked in my opinion.

starryeyes83

Shifting the blame on the cops? Are you? BULL!!!

No excuse.. his intentions were already clear before that point.

MrSandusky

Lissa4u is correct, it is the Cops fault. Everything that happens in the Sandusky is the Cops fault. It is never the fault of the individual that actually committed the act, ever...just read these comments.

Others have gone on here and stated how this gentlemen had a history of mental disorders...yet he somehow graduated from High School and was accepted to College...

SuspectBlackMale

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deertracker

It is also typical for those like you to get on here and run your mouth. If you are not African American or black you have no idea what it is like to be black. Stop comparing apples to oranges and try to actually contribute to the conversation if that is possible

KnuckleDragger

Neither do you white boy. Quit acting like you do, just because you are in an interracial marriage. There is a fairly well known study done by black sociologist Maruice Mangum that discusses African American distrust of the police and government. According to Mangum's results, SuspectBlackMale is right on with his assertion. Your ignorance, and people like you are the reason the black community is suffering. Continue to turn your back and pretend like it doesn't exist.

SuspectBlackMale

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SuspectBlackMale

Ok. I agree with that. My apologies

deertracker

@ your master
Get your facts straight! The baby was alive when the caller said there was no problem. The cops are not at fault here.

TRISTINPRUITT

just saying " children having children " that is a stupid statement, i had my daughter at a young age and i am a terrific mother. i graduated, i work ect. my kids do not want for a thing. being a young parent is no excuse to be a loser. if anything it should motivate you to do the exact opposite and prove to people like " 2 cents " wrong. for what this young man or what ever he is done , it is un excusable he has to be plane nuts to have done a thing like this - and another thing it was not even his child - everyone needs to stop making excuses for him, stop pounding him ( i do not know him or am i sticking up for him ) but how about focusing your energy on praying for the baby and her family to heal the best ways they can. yes i do hope that he is prosecuted to the fullest extent- yet i do hope that this boy can also find mental help so someone somewhere can sort out what in the world went wrong with him.. and he realize what a awful thing he has done-and also hopefully prevent future 'outbreaks' on our CO's ect.. but just remember the baby is gone. she does have a family. and they need support from the communities more than ever. as mad as we all are including myself and as much as i want to be angry with him and am... my heart is with athenas family and his as well because i could not fathom being in either shoes. my heart and prayers go out to both- yours should too- they deserve it.

Swiftshot

If you we're under 18 when u had your first child and you speak as if its not a problem, you either had a lot of mommy and daddy support or u are being supported by the system. Kids having kids is a major problem even if that is not the case here. It was just a general comment towards society in general.

TRISTINPRUITT

i did indeed have a lot of support from family which yes it did help alot. but my point is - having a child at a young age should not justify your actions or be anyones reason to drop out or be a loser...or abuse a child!! but also yes my family helped me but NO ONE RAISED MY DAUGHTER but me. i took care of her and loved her and fed her. and we did not live off the system as we do not now. having a child should not be someones excuse.. it should be someones motivation to help them better themself and the life of their child. yes teenage pregnancy is a epidemic. it is happening everywhere and i am not encouraging it. however i do think people need to wake up and accept the responsibility and if they cant provide for the baby.. give it a better family and home who can... and stop using I GOT PREGNANT YOUNG OR IM A KID HAVING A KID as an excuse because its pathetic. i hate seeing and hearing that.

Swiftshot

You obviously had some help I just don't like people justifying kids having kids when they are barely responsible for themselves. Can't expect grandma to raise the kid because having a baby is cool. That irks me.

Minuteman

He just snapped? If he "had not been himself for months" then he didn't just snap, this was a problem already in the works and observed for at least a few months. What was the reason for his behavior changes or differences? Did anyone pursue his problem, what ever it was? Drugs, relationships, or previous problems escalating?

he said she said

I feel for the family for the loss of the baby but also the loss of Denzel. I know some kids that know Denzel and from what they told me is that he is not the same person that they know. They said that the Denzel they knew 3-4 months ago is not the same Denzel that stabbed his cousin. They are not sure what happened, but the Denzel that they knew couldn't have stabbed anyone; he is not the same person.

I am in no way defending him, he should get the punishment he deserves but sometimes we have to stand back and look at the whole picture--did he have mental health problems or was there something else that made him change from the kid that everyone talked highly of to someone that took a life.

SuspectBlackMale

There is an epidemic in America. One if the deadliest epidemics this country had seen. 6500 died just last year alone and 5000 were unnecessary

5000 needless deaths a year yet society prohibits discussion!!!????!!!

About 4500 of those are BLACKS!!!

Who doesn't care about saving 4500 BLACK LIVES A YEAR?
BLACKS
LIBERAL WHITES
BLACK RELIGIOUS ABD POLITICAL LEADERS
MSNBX
CNN
ABC
NBC
CBS
AP
IN OTHER WORDS ALL MEDIA OUTLETS EXCEPT (ironically)conservative ones

This epidemic is the BLACK VIOLENT CRIME EPIDEMIC !!!

Overall homicide in general is about 12-14 in the us in terms of number killed out of all causes of death

For black males age 18-29 it is the #1 cause of death

If people reading this post really cared about blacks they would not report it in hopes of seeing it deleted or typing responses of "RACIST!!" but would copy and paste the facts presented here to do what the liberal media won't do; educate the public on this threat to freedom and peace

Blacks commit 50 % of all the MURDERS AND VIOLENT CROME IN AMERICA

If blacks were 45-55% of the us population that 50% figure would be statistically meaningless

HOWEVER BLACKS ARE JUST 12% of the US population !!!

12% but 50 % of MURDER and VIOLENT CRIME OFFENDERS ????

That doesn't add up even in Ebonic math.

Racism doesn't make the BLACK VIOLENT CRIME EPIDEMIC a race issue. The sickening facts do

Sources : FBI DOJ REPORT ON HOMICIDE TRENDS IN US and their report on prison offender characteristics

KnuckleDragger

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PaulYall

They use to hang people for being found guilty of horse thief!

number1nana

It amazes me how everyone gets on here and runs off at the mouth and you dont even know all the facts. My daughter is the aunt of Athena and first cousin of Denzel and I can tell you we dont even know all the facts yet so right know everyone is just assuming, thats why I said in a previous post just send your prayers out. To clarify though what one person said, Denzel did graduate in 2012 and went to college but the way he has been acting did not start until around end of March or first of April 2013. His mother and father tried to get help several times only to be told over and over there is nothing wrong. Well obviously we can all see for someone to do something like this there is definately something wrong. By the way I had my daughter who I said is related to Denzel and beautiful Athena at a young age and I am a Registered Nurse been a nurse for 15 years, so just because teenagers have kids doesnt mean they cant achieve anything or they will be low lifes living off the system its about choices whether you make the right ones or not. Remember stop bashing on here say supportive and nice things or nothing at all. Thats whats wrong with our community today everyone is so negative and always wanting to say bad things about others its a bit ridiculous!!!!

sandtown born a...

Agreed you made a life with what cards you had great job, being a parent at a young age is tough and you accomplished alot in life congrats on that, statically kids having babies are not usually as succesful as you are, most end up in the system on some form of assistance. I hope your family heals as quickly as possible, I cant begin to feel the pain you all are going thru.

KnuckleDragger

Unfortunately, the current generation doesn't see the benefit in hard work. It's easier to sit at home, play xbox, and party on someone elses dime. It's not a race thing, it's a societal problem.

LetTalk

This is all really sad. It is true we do not know all the facts, but I do agree with some points made. Yes, Denzel may have had mental problems and recently changed his personality. However, this could be the result of many things. I went to school with him and yes he was kind and a good person. However people also change. My family has had to deal with mental issues so I know that they can be hard to diagnose, but it may have also been that when he saw the doctor he was not that bad. Changes like that can occir overnight. I hope the law case against Firelands is a rumor, because that is just wrong. I would like to also know why the person who called hung up though. Even if the baby was not threatened at the time, it was clear something was very wrong. Someone should have taken the baby away if there was even just a simple figh going on. Lastly, coming from the younger generation, there are numerous problems. Just a general statement, I feel people today have no respect or responsiability. They only care aabout their needs and want and they feel extremely entitled. In the end this is just a very sad event and my prayers go out to Athena. I'm sorry but I do not feel bad for Denzel. He did it and he has to be punished. The fact that the family is defending him makes me sad because where is the justice for this little baby?

gene44870

fact , I dont believe that there are to many people that are the same as they were when they completed high school . In a lot of cases the kids dont know how to act when it comes to responablity and some , {and yes} I said some go the wrong direction cause they think they are on the top of the world till something like this happens ,I am not saying this is the case with this person at all } I am saying this cant be ruled out yet .
I also believe that weather he has mental problems or not , he should be held ac.countable

I guess time will tell in this case as well as others . I can only hope that justice prevails and that all can heal from this .
One thingI can only hope is that peace can come from this and we dont have trouble , its bad enough to have the lost of a helpless child , but to lose one in the way this one was , is unwording . cause no can come up with the words to really let people know how they feel
And I am going to say one thing more and thats if you are a parent and I dont care if the kids are 1 day old or forty , charish them the way you would your own life

gene44870

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santown419

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number1nana

Thank you I knew there could be better discussion on here than what I was reading previously. I agree gene44870 a lot of these kids today do think they are on top of the world and think they are untouchable and that's the scary part for our future, how many more tragedies are going to happen. As for parents and the justice system we have to be harsher on these kids when they do wrong,you have a lot of kids out here doing drugs and consuming alcohol and they get a slap on the hand, that's not working they know they can do bad things and barely get punished for it so they continue the same behavior. R.I.P. beautiful baby Athena you are dearly loved and missed.

Swiftshot

The justice system is overburdened with too many in the system. The system cursed itself by telling parents they can't spank their kids!

shucks

Poor innocent baby to die such a horrible violent death. Heartbreaking.
Babies go straight to God.

LetTalk

I do agree, I think my generation has lost all respect and responsiability. I also feel tht more and harsher punishments need to take place. I was only stating that it may not be a mental issue. I believe that there are numerous reasons for why he acted this way. I do not believe he should just be let off, but I do not need to state that because the court is taking care of it. I just feel bad that the focus is all on Denzel and not the child that lost its life.