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Ohio police: Cousin takes baby, stabs it to death

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A 19-year-old man wrestled an 11-week-old baby away from relatives and stabbed her to death with a kitchen knife, police said.

Denzel Castile, 19, was charged with aggravated murder Friday and was on suicide watch in a northern Ohio jail. Investigators said Castile is the little girl's cousin, but they were not sure what led up to the stabbing.

Police said the child, Athena Castile, died at a hospital just hours after the attack.

Officers arrived at the house where Castile lives after a 911 call late Thursday night and found several family members in a fight, said Sandusky Police Chief John Orzech.

Castile grabbed the infant and ran down a hallway, stabbing her, Detective Sgt. Dana Newell told The Sandusky Register. He dropped the baby and another officer picked up the child and rushed her to an ambulance, police said.

Castile was due to be arraigned Friday, but that hearing was canceled after jailers say he became violent and would not settle down. He does not yet have an attorney.

Police said the baby's mother wasn't at the house at the time of the stabbing.

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