$1M Bond in Fatal Baby Stabbing Case

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Denzel Castile (Photo Credit: Erie County Jail)

Denzel Castile (Photo Credit: Erie County Jail)

Denzel Castile (Photo Credit: Erie County Jail)

SANDUSKY, Ohio — A man accused of fatally stabbing an infant earlier this week appeared in court Monday morning.

Denzel Castile, 19, is charged with aggravated murder in the death of his 11-week-old cousin, Aphena.

He appeared on video monitor with an attorney for his arraignment Monday morning in Sandusky Municipal Court. The court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, and a judge set bond at $1,000,000.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth confirmed to Fox 8 News that Castile remains on suicide watch in the county jail.

Sandusky police say the teen fatally stabbed his infant cousin on May 16 inside a home in the 500 block of Dewey Street. Officers were initially sent there for a 911 hang up call.

Once they arrived at the home, officers witnessed Castile snatch Aphena out of a woman’s arms and walk down a hallway.

It was then, police say, he began to stab her. Officers eventually got the knife away from him, but it was too late.

Aphena later died at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

A relative told Fox 8 News she has no idea why her cousin would want to hurt or kill the baby.

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