Suspect moved to hospital

Vigils for Athena tonight in Norwalk, Sandusky
Jessica Cuffman
May 24, 2013

A Sandusky teen accused of fatally stabbing his infant cousin is now in a state-run psychiatric hospital.

Denzel Castile, 19, was transferred to Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo Wednesday afternoon, after staff at Firelands Regional Medical Center evaluated him and issued an order for the transfer, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

“We placed a hold on him for our agency, and we will pick him up if he is released,” Sigsworth said.

Castile will remain in the state psychiatric facility indefinitely.

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He is accused of stabbing to death his 11-week-old cousin, Athena Castile, on May 16 inside a relative’s Dewey Street home. After a brief tussle with relatives at the home and then with police, Castile was quickly arrested.

He has been under medical treatment since then, and he has also been counseled by clergy. When he appeared by video arraignment in Sandusky Municipal Court Monday, he seemed subdued and said only one sentence during the brief hearing.

Family members have said Castile hadn’t been himself for the past several months, since he went to the University of Toledo as a freshman after graduating from Sandusky High School in 2012.

His family even took him to hospital for an evaluation at one point, they told police, but doctors told the family they found nothing wrong with him.

Castile is charged with aggravated murder, felonious assault and assault on a peace officer. His bond is set at more than $1 million.

Athena Castile was the daughter of Jenisa Castile, 19, of Norwalk. 

Athena’s family has scheduled two candlelight vigils today — one in Sandusky and one in Norwalk.

Vigils for Athena this evening

7 to 9 p.m. at Pohl Park on Main Street in Norwalk

* 8 p.m.  at Washington Park Gazebo in Sandusky
 

Comments

JERRY from SANDUSKY

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TRISTINPRUITT

its ashame the black community allows this to go on? how is that ? this is nuts. he could just as easily been white. or mexican , jap what ever. the fact that his skin color is not white doesnt change a thing. -- this person killed a baby. thats what matters. and that is what needs to be dealt with. the fact that you all are making comments on black this black that.. that baby was black. stop being so hateful towards the race. because you downing him for being black your downing the child as well. and thats just sad. grow up. yes there is the " ghetto " ones out there but there are just as many " GHETTO WHITE PEOPLE ECT " get over yourself .

TRISTINPRUITT

because all of the blacks around here just begged this boy to break and go nuts and hurt the poor baby - im pretty sure that didnt happen, but hey since im white i may have missed the invite.

deertracker

You make great points Tristin. The racist comments really say more about the person making them than about Denzel.

The Bizness

This really shouldn't be a race issue so can we just stop that talk now?

It could be a drug/mental health/societal problem but I don't see it as a race issue at all, and that talk should end.

SamAdams

You said it! Has anybody wondered what ethnicity the dead baby had? Or do they just feel terrible that an infant was brutally killed? I'm pretty sure it's the latter for ALL of us!

So why would anybody note the ethnicity of the accused killer, or the ethnicity of either family? Even the worst of the worst of ANY color typically defend children and condemn those who hurt them — and that's as it should be. To suggest this is a racial issue both minimizes the horror of the act even as it takes away from any real and LEGITIMATE answers.

I'd also point out that murder isn't caused by race, and that ALL races are more or less plagued by mental illness, drug use, and so on.

Let me as you this: Would we be saying something similar about white society? Asian society? Hispanic society? Stereotype all you like if it makes you happy, but the facts speak for themselves. Children in ALL cultures are sacrosanct.

pptrsha

what kind of stupid idiotic ridiculous remark was that about the "black community" ? I checked with all the black people in my family and nobody asked them. I am putting my money on the staff at the hospital that released him, was it firelands mental health? or e.r.? they dropped the ball and they should be held acountable

Swiftshot

And I say again. Did the family follow up with the hospitals recommendation of out patient therapy and was he truthful in all the evaluation question that asks if u feel like hurting others. We are also talking about Hippa rules and regulations that treatments of individuals can not be posted like police reports can. Watch your step on blaming the hospital or psyche system when they can not defend themselves with the facts. It is easy for you to blame the system when you do not have first hand knowledge how it works. They do wonderful work and save a lot of people.

deertracker

It was stupid and idiotic. Typical on here!

he said she said

pptrsha: there is a criteria that needs to be met to be diagnosed with a mental disorder. there are a set of symptoms that he had to have had for a certain length of time before he could be diagnosed with anything. if he didn't meet that criteria, there is nothing that the hospital did wrong.

Swiftshot

You actually missed the very informative post on the crime rates per race. It is an eye opener since the black community is smaller in size compared to the white community and the percentage rates were significantly higher for crime.

The Bizness

Crime rates per race are not a valid point of reference. They may be true but you have to also take into the incomes, job opportunities, education, and a hole host of other aspects when looking at why a group of people are more inclined to commit crime.

TRISTINPRUITT

So how about you as white people which i am sure are the ones making the comments of blacks... how about you help the " black community that begs for thier people to kill each other " how about you start something and help them over come that.. make options for them. help them with their education - train them and give them classes on how you expect them to be and not to be. hire them to do odds and end jobs around your house so they can make more money to feed and cloth their kids. and what not. yes there are some that would rather hang out on the poarch and soak up the sun than work.. but guess what -- THERE ARE THEM IN EVERY RACE. if you dont like it go to a all white community - wait pretty sure youll have losers there as well .. if u can ever find a " all white community " the racial comments are bs. move on. if u dont do anything to change it keep yoour mouth shut because you are just as much of the problem. just like all the people that complain about the economy and the president.. most of them didnt even vote.. like seriously u could have been the one to change things. so you have no right to complain. a baby was killed. a black baby. by a black man. it was not racial by any means. last year a white baby boy and his sister were brutally murdered and their mama... and before that a little boy ( white was also murdered ) by his moms boyfriend.. and his mom backing him up the whole way -- there is a wide variety of crimes, it doesnt matter the race sex religion ect what matters is things are happening that shouldnt be. instead of sitting back and pointing fingers and whatever calling the n word. change things. if u dont like ur community. change it. or do what you can to . pray for these kids pray for their little souls to be up with god happy and pain free* pray for their familys to somehow find closure if they ever can** stop wasting ur time and energy calling names and being hateful.

The Bizness

I agree with what you are saying, so I am not sure why you are responding to my post with this?

dontknowmuch

Referring to Tristin's very first sentence... doesn't it say in the bible somewhere -- the good Lord helps those who help themselves?

he said she said

@tristinpruitt: you sound like you are an intelligent person. you really can't help someone that isn't trying to help themselves. if someone wants the help, then they will do what they need to do to receive that help.

The Bizness

Not sure why this was removed?

OH-IO

I read it but it only means something if that's your soap box. 58% of all racially motivated hate crimes are by whites. Another recent study in 2012 raises a different concern, showing that Hispanics and blacks receive considerably longer sentences for the same or lesser offenses per average than white offenders with equal or greater criminal records. I guess everyone has to deal with the disparities of crime.

OH-IO

I read it but it only means something if that's your soap box. 58% of all racially motivated hate crimes are by whites. Another recent study in 2012 raises a different concern, showing that Hispanics and blacks receive considerably longer sentences for the same or lesser offenses per average than white offenders with equal or greater criminal records. I guess everyone has to deal with the disparities of crime.

OnlyfoolsAssume

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lor70

This young man is obviously not right! No one in their right mind could do what he did. What happened was horrible and this poor family has to live with this for the rest of their lives! I hope for his sake and the family's sake, he gets the help he needs so this doesn't happen again.

santown419

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sandtown born a...

Black, White,green,purple share the same needle to execute all these baby killers as far as most as well as I feel. Race dont hide the fact of what they did. MONSTERS all of the what 3+ BABY KILLERS in sandusky in the past year

Julie R.

Something for absolute sure is wrong with this guy ~ and I'm not trying to make excuses for him, either. Stabbing a little baby in front of the cops yet is more than proof of that. If it's not schizophrenia, I'd be willing to bet they're going to find a fast-growing tumor or something on his brain. That would be the only other thing other than schizophrenia that would cause the almost overnight dramatic personality change that his family witnessed.

sandtown born a...

The only possibility???? Thats a stretch. Should have said thats what makes it easier for people to deal with what was done. I hope your right and it is some mental illness it sure would make alot of people feel better rationalizing this terrible tragedy. The reasons or reason this happened they may never know or be able to explain.

bella39

He needs to be in a mental hospital due to the fact that no one in their right frame of mind whatever do this to a little baby!.. but should he spend the rest of his life locked up most definitely!!

WhyRweHere

Bring on the insanity defense, what a piece of garbage!!!!! The punishment will NEVER fit the crime he's just another product of that drug infested toilet of a city

luvblues2

I don't think anyone thinks this is a bad thing for Denzel except the few who want to see him dead as of yesterday. I don't know him at all. But no-one I know has gone from one extreme to another, without something being wrong upstairs. IMHO.