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Infant murder case continued

Scott Seitz2 • May 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM

The case involving a Sandusky man charged with the aggravated murder of an 11-week-old baby was continued in Sandusky Municipal Court on Wednesday.

Denzel Castile, 19, also faces the charges of felonious assault and assault on a peace officer after the incident which took place May 16 at a Sandusky residence and resulted in the death of Athena Castile, of Norwalk.

Castile entered "not guilty" pleas to all the charges on May 20.

His bond was set at $1,025,000 at that same May 20 hearing at Sandusky Municipal Court.

"His (Denzel Castile) attorney filed a motion to continue," a court spokesperson said Wednesday. "The court hasn't set the rescheduled date yet."

The court spokesperson said the rescheduled hearing will be back at Sandusky Municipal Court unless he's indicted by an Erie County grand jury.

Athena was the daughter of Jenisa Castile and granddaughter of Katia Castile, both of Norwalk.

The tragedy began May 16 after an unidentified female told a 9-1-1 operator that police were needed, but hung up after the operator asked what was happening inside the home.

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 police chief said previously. 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 Castile and then took the baby.

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

An officer then grabbed the infant and rushed her outside, where an ambulance was waiting. Paramedics took the girl to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where a medical helicopter was on standby. But doctors could not stabilize her in preparation for the flight, and she died early Friday morning.

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