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

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Sandusky police are investigating the stabbing death of an 11-week-old baby girl.

The baby was stabbed at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at a Dewey Street residence and transported to Firelands Hospital where she died early Friday morning, according to Sandusky Police Chief John Orzech.

Police said 19-year-old Denzel Castile was fighting with family members when officers arrived at the house. He grabbed the baby and ran down a hallway, where he stabbed the girl in front of police and family, Orzech said.

The police chief said his officers could not shoot Castile because he was holding the baby and people were standing in between.

"Then a family member was able to get the knife out of his hands and our officer tried to take him into custody they had to taser him to to take him into custody." he explained.

The baby has not been identified to the public at this time as police work to notify next of kin.

Castile was arrested at the scene. His charges were upgraded from felonious assault to aggravated murder. Police said the baby is Castile's cousin.

He's currently being held at the Erie County Jail where police said corrections officers were having a hard time keeping Castile under control. As a result, they said his scheduled court appearance was rescheduled for Monday.

Chief Ortech said the family did not know why Castile attacked the baby. "The suspect seemed to be in a different mindset than he normally is they weren't sure what was going on."

Castile's grandfather and grandmother received minor cuts in the altercation according to police. The grandfather was treated at the hospital and released.

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