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By Annie Linskey and Nick Madigan and Annie Linskey and Nick Madigan,SUN REPORTERS | April 1, 2008
Mark Castillo of Rockville walked with his three young children Saturday afternoon through Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where tourists congregate along the city's waterfront promenade. About 5 p.m., he checked into the Marriott Hotel near Camden Yards and took his children into Room 1060, a top-floor room with two beds. An hour later, one by one, Castillo drowned his children in the bathtub, police said. When he was done, he laid their tiny, naked bodies on one bed: Anthony, 6, Austin, 4 and Athena, 2. Then he swallowed 100 Motrin pills and cut himself in the neck with a steak knife in an apparent suicide attempt, police said.
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By Peter Hermann | October 23, 2009
Ranking the Baltimore area's top 10 crime stories of the past two decades is a daunting task, and this list is far from complete. I tried to choose stories that fit certain categories - the most heinous, for example - or ones that can speak to broader themes, such as witness intimidation. I agonized over ones that dropped off the list, but more details on these crimes and others that didn't make the cut can be found on my blog. Dontay Carter kidnapped two downtown businessmen in 1992, killed one and later escaped custody by leaping out of a second-floor courthouse window, sparking a sweeping manhunt.
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By Nicole Fuller and Arin Gencer and Nicole Fuller and Arin Gencer,Sun reporters | April 1, 2008
ROCKVILLE -- More than two years ago, Amy Ashley Castillo pleaded for help in court papers, saying that her estranged husband had threatened to kill their three children to punish her by leaving her alone in the world. "He has never actually hurt them," she wrote in a Montgomery County court complaint seeking a temporary protective order on Christmas Day 2006. "But he did tell me that the worst thing he could do to me would be to kill the children, and not me, so I could live without them."
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | October 15, 2009
The odd and tragic case of Mark Castillo took another erratic turn Wednesday, when the 43-year-old father abruptly pleaded guilty to drowning his three young children in a city hotel bathtub, carefully timing their submersion with a stopwatch. Castillo's unexpected guilty plea to the murders, which he calculated to punish his estranged wife, came after lawyers and court officials spent a week choosing a jury for his trial. Baltimore Circuit Judge Wanda K. Heard found Castillo, who arrived in court in sweats and a T-shirt instead of his customary suit, mentally capable of entering the plea and sentenced him to three consecutive life terms without possibility of parole.
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By Annie Linskey and Nicole Fuller and Annie Linskey and Nicole Fuller,SUN REPORTERS | April 2, 2008
The Montgomery County man charged with drowning his three children in a Baltimore hotel bathtub during a bitter custody battle with his estranged wife was ordered held without bail yesterday as experts on domestic violence cases struggled to determine whether the killings could have been prevented. Dr. Amy Castillo had fought repeatedly in Montgomery County courtrooms to keep Mark Castillo from his children, citing alleged threats, but judges ruled against petitions for a protective order and to curtail the visitation rights the couple had originally agreed upon.
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By Arin Gencer, Nicole Fuller and Annie Linskey and Arin Gencer, Nicole Fuller and Annie Linskey,SUN REPORTERS | March 31, 2008
A Montgomery County father engaged in a custody battle brought his three children to an Inner Harbor hotel and apparently killed them yesterday, Baltimore police said. The bodies were discovered after the man called hotel security about 1:15 p.m. from his 10th-floor room at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, saying that he had killed his children and was considering harming himself, said Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman. When security personnel entered the room, police said, they found the three dead children: Anthony Castillo, 6; Austin Castillo, 4; and Athena Castillo, 2. Their father, identified by police as Mark Castillo, 41, was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center with what appeared to be minor self-inflicted cuts, authorities said.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | April 6, 2008
VIENNA, Va. -- On a stage before nearly a thousand mourners, the violinists played notes of elegant sorrow. Dr. Amy Ashley Castillo would normally have played alongside them. Last evening though, she sat below in an auditorium at McLean Bible Church, where she and the community mourned the lost lives of her children: Anthony Nathaniel, 6; Austin Robert, 4; and Athena Faye, 2. A week ago, their father, Mark A. Castillo, 41, said he drowned them in the bathtub of a hotel room at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | April 4, 2008
VIENNA, Va. -- In the days since police say her estranged husband drowned their three children in a Baltimore hotel bathtub, Dr. Amy Ashley Castillo has clung to her faith to survive. "It's hard to tell you how much pain I'm feeling right now," Castillo said before dozens of reporters yesterday at McLean Bible Church, where she has been a longtime parishioner. In her first public statements since Mark A. Castillo was charged with first-degree murder in the killings of their children - Anthony, 6, Austin, 4, and Athena, 2 - Amy Castillo spoke with measured calm despite the enormous crush of pain.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | October 15, 2009
The odd and tragic case of Mark Castillo took another erratic turn Wednesday, when the 43-year-old father abruptly pleaded guilty to drowning his three young children in a city hotel bathtub, carefully timing their submersion with a stopwatch. Castillo's unexpected guilty plea to the murders, which he calculated to punish his estranged wife, came after lawyers and court officials spent a week choosing a jury for his trial. Baltimore Circuit Judge Wanda K. Heard found Castillo, who arrived in court in sweats and a T-shirt instead of his customary suit, mentally capable of entering the plea and sentenced him to three consecutive life terms without possibility of parole.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | October 31, 2008
Mark Castillo, the man accused of drowning of his three children in the bathtub at an Inner Harbor Hotel, didn't feel like coming to court yesterday. He cried, shook, covered his ears with his hands and smart-mouthed the judge, turning what was expected to be a perfunctory hearing into a two-hour battle of wills. Castillo had been brought to court to confirm the written withdrawal of his insanity plea, which Baltimore Circuit Judge Gale E. Rasin granted in June. But his transport from Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, a state psychiatric facility, prevented the 42-year-old from receiving his Prozac.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | October 8, 2009
Mark Castillo and his three children spent the day downtown, at the Maryland Science Center, before he checked into the Marriott Inner Harbor hotel at Camden Yards about 5 p.m. March 29, 2008, according to a statement he gave police at Maryland Shock Trauma Center a day later. By then, the children were dead, and Castillo was recovering from self-inflicted stab wounds to his neck. "My plan," he said on the tape, "was after [we] had a good day, to, uh, take their lives." The tape was played during a hearing Wednesday on a defense motion to suppress Castillo's statements to detectives.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | October 7, 2009
Jury selection could begin as early as Wednesday in the triple murder trial of Mark Castillo, who police say confessed to drowning his three young children in a Baltimore hotel bathtub in March 2008 before unsuccessfully attempting suicide. Castillo's attorneys argued Tuesday to suppress the condemning statements he made to detectives shortly after the incident, though several delays prevented a ruling. The hearing is expected to continue Wednesday morning in Baltimore Circuit Court. Once the motions are resolved, the trial can begin.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | October 31, 2008
Mark Castillo, the man accused of drowning of his three children in the bathtub at an Inner Harbor Hotel, didn't feel like coming to court yesterday. He cried, shook, covered his ears with his hands and smart-mouthed the judge, turning what was expected to be a perfunctory hearing into a two-hour battle of wills. Castillo had been brought to court to confirm the written withdrawal of his insanity plea, which Baltimore Circuit Judge Gale E. Rasin granted in June. But his transport from Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, a state psychiatric facility, prevented the 42-year-old from receiving his Prozac.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | October 8, 2008
A Montgomery County man accused of drowning his children in a bathtub at an Inner Harbor hotel is competent to stand trial, dismiss his attorneys and plead guilty to the killings, a Baltimore Circuit judge ruled yesterday. Mark Castillo, who is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, requested and was granted time to decide what he wants to do. Judge Gale E. Rasin, however, said that she was reserving judgment on whether she would allow Castillo to represent himself at a trial, should he choose to plead not guilty.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,Sun reporter | August 23, 2008
A Montgomery County man charged with drowning his children in the bathtub of an Inner Harbor hotel told a judge yesterday that he has been trying to plead guilty to the crimes for five months but that his public defenders have blocked him from doing so. Mark Castillo, 42, asked Baltimore Circuit Judge Gale E. Rasin to permit him to fire his public defenders and represent himself. Earlier this summer, Castillo instructed his attorney to withdraw his plea of "not criminally responsible" - Maryland's equivalent to an insanity plea - which a judge granted in June, according to court records.
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April 10, 2008
Balancing interests in custody disputes While I, too, am disturbed by the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the Castillo children, I disagree with The Sun's editorial that criticized Circuit Judge Joseph A. Dugan Jr. for failing to order supervised visitation for the children's father, Mark Castillo ("A tragic end," April 3). As an attorney who represents parents in custody disputes, I see firsthand the difficulties faced by the judicial masters and judges charged with resolving such issues.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | October 8, 2009
Mark Castillo and his three children spent the day downtown, at the Maryland Science Center, before he checked into the Marriott Inner Harbor hotel at Camden Yards about 5 p.m. March 29, 2008, according to a statement he gave police at Maryland Shock Trauma Center a day later. By then, the children were dead, and Castillo was recovering from self-inflicted stab wounds to his neck. "My plan," he said on the tape, "was after [we] had a good day, to, uh, take their lives." The tape was played during a hearing Wednesday on a defense motion to suppress Castillo's statements to detectives.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | October 7, 2009
Jury selection could begin as early as Wednesday in the triple murder trial of Mark Castillo, who police say confessed to drowning his three young children in a Baltimore hotel bathtub in March 2008 before unsuccessfully attempting suicide. Castillo's attorneys argued Tuesday to suppress the condemning statements he made to detectives shortly after the incident, though several delays prevented a ruling. The hearing is expected to continue Wednesday morning in Baltimore Circuit Court. Once the motions are resolved, the trial can begin.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter | April 6, 2008
VIENNA, Va. -- On a stage before nearly a thousand mourners, the violinists played notes of elegant sorrow. Dr. Amy Ashley Castillo would normally have played alongside them. Last evening though, she sat below in an auditorium at McLean Bible Church, where she and the community mourned the lost lives of her children: Anthony Nathaniel, 6; Austin Robert, 4; and Athena Faye, 2. A week ago, their father, Mark A. Castillo, 41, said he drowned them in the bathtub of a hotel room at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
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