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Bond set at $1,025,000 in baby slaying

Scott Seitz • May 21, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Bond was set at $1,025,000 this morning for the suspect in a baby slaying that took place late last week in Sandusky.

Denzel Castile, 19, of Sandusky, appeared this morning in Sandusky Municipal Court, where he entered a "not guilty" pleas to aggravated murder, felony assault and assault on an officer.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. May 29, also in Sandusky Municipal Court.

Castile is accused of fatally stabbing the baby Thursday during a skirmish that resulted in police being called to the home in Sandusky. He also became combative with police following his arrest, leading to additional charges.

The 11-week-old victim, Athena Castile, died early Friday morning at Firelands Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 27, in Norwalk, daughter of Jenisa Meishon Castile of Norwalk and James G. Williams of Erie, Pa. She lived in Norwalk with her mom and maternal grandparents, Katia Castile and Mike Stewart. That was the first time she had been to Sandusky, her grandmother said.

A funeral is set for Wednesday. To read Athena's obituary, click HERE.

Click HERE to read more about the tragedy and the events leading up to it.

Castile, who is a cousin of the victim, is being held at the Erie County Jail.

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