Sandusky teen charged with aggravated murder in stabbing death of 11-week-old baby

First-year college student grabbed infant cousin when police arrived and began stabbing the baby while fleeing.
TNS Regional News
May 19, 2013


Athena Castile, an 11-week-old baby, died Friday morning after being stabbed by her second cousin, police said.

Charged with aggravated murder is Denzel Castile, 19, of Sandusky. He is being held without bond in the Erie County jail.

The teen was to be arraigned Friday, but Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said the suspect was too combative and had assaulted two Erie County sheriff's deputies during the arrest Thursday night.

Mr. Castile, an undecided first-year student at the University of Toledo, is now scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning at Sandusky Municipal Court.

An unidentified female told a 911 operator that police were needed at the home, but hung up after the operator asked what was happening inside the home.

"Our officers were just pulling up, ... and our officers are required to check to check on these 911 hang-up calls," the operator said.

Before the second call was disconnected, a large commotion with screaming could be heard in the background.

Inside the home, police found a melee with several people fighting.

One individual, assaulting someone who turned out to be the suspect, was Tased by police, the chief said. A woman in the house was struggling with the suspect over the baby; the suspect was able to get the child and ran into a hallway, the chief said.

An officer reported seeing the suspect had a knife and was stabbing the young girl. A family member was able to disarm Mr. Castile and then took the baby.

It was not clear how many times the baby was stabbed.

The chief said Mr. Castile resisted arrest at the Dewey home and "ran aggressively" at officers who Tased the suspect.

The suspect was treated at a hospital and then booked into the jail where he remained Friday night.

"We're still trying to sort this out," Chief Orzech said. "There's not any real explanation that we've found at this point as to why he did what he did, or anything that was provoking him to do that with a child. We're just still trying to sort through it and get some answers and I don't know if we're going to."

The suspect, who was not cooperating with police, appeared to only have misdemeanor charges in his criminal background.

"Our understanding is that he was almost a straight-A honor student in high school," the chief said. "Everybody, the family and people who know him, are kind of in shock; that this is way out of character for him."


By Taylor Dungjen - The Blade, Toledo, Ohio (MCT)

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Had a knife, ran aggressively towards police.....why was there not a double tap to center mass?


Lestsee: house full of people fighting, suspect holding child, family bum rushing suspect= no double tap to center mass. Collateral damage is not an option in LE.


They should have killed him. Now he will spend years in prison on our dime and be in protective custody so nothing will happen to him. This shouldn't even have a trial. But he will because he has to have one. Then he will pleed guilty and no death penalty. Usually how it goes. Like I said, should have killed him. Now all the family of his will come on and say how sick he is, etc. You think? Straight A student. So what. Hang 'im.


It's called 'Due Process,' and it's kinda in the Constitution. Or we could just become a third-world nation...


Whoa,we can't do that.We protect the criminal not the victim !


Why do so many in/on these comment sections have mass/group hate hysteria? Is Sandusky that effed up? No wonder SPD had to call back-up from every LE force around! Not to mention, the SFD and EMS IN FORCE.

Damn. I bet that they could've seen all those strobes from the ISS.


luvblues2...........Would you not hate if it was your child that was murdered by a realitive??? or would you just say "crap happens and walk away".... or should there be room for improvement??? NOT!!

Sitting In The ...

@LuvBlues2 could you please elaborate on your comment "mass/group hate hysteria" because it appears the blame is exactly where it should be.


Well Sitting, if you would have seen the posts in the SR BEFORE they all were erased by the moderator....let's just say it was ugly. There will be a race riot there one of these days before too long unless things start being PROACTIVE instead of REACTIVE.

swiss family

how sad... we all know that with all of the bleeding heart Judges and Prosecutors and possibly jury, REAL justice will not happen.. I just hope that when he does go to prison, the put him in with the other criminals., and not into solitary confinement, if they do that, then I have high hopes that someone in there will dole out the real justice that needs to take place in my opinion


Swiss - I'm almost afraid to ask this, considering your hostility for due process, but what "real justice" did you have in mind?