submit a death
Mark Castillo (41) drowned his three children in a hotel bathtub
Published: Apr 01, 2008 @ 1:17 PM
Mark Castillo (41)
Mar 29, 2008
view their profile
A man who had argued with his estranged wife over the custody of their three children has confessed to drowning them in a hotel bathtub on the night they were to go back with their mother, police said Monday.
Mark A. Castillo, 41, of Rockville, was charged with first-degree murder and child abuse after his release from a hospital where he was treated for self-inflicted cuts to his neck, police said.
Police did not cite a motive.
But Castillo''s wife wrote in court documents that her husband had threatened to make her suffer by killing the children. She sought a protective order December 25, 2006, and asked that the court order Castillo to receive counseling.
"He has never actually hurt [the children], but 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," she wrote in the petition.
She also wrote that when her husband took the children for visits, he would not tell her where they were staying.
WBAL: Neighbor saw Castillo kids playing on Friday
Police: Iowa City mom, kids beaten to death
A temporary protective order was approved three days after the petition was filed, but Circuit Judge Joseph Dugan rejected a permanent order January 10, 2007. In explaining his decision, Dugan wrote there was "no clear or convincing evidence that the alleged acts of abuse occurred."
Police identified the children as Anthony, 6, Austin, 4, and Athena, 2.
Castillo, of Rockville, Maryland, and the children spent time Saturday afternoon at Baltimore''s Inner Harbor, then checked into the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor. The children were drowned, one at a time, in the tub that night, Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld said. Watch police describe what they found in hotel room »
Police said Castillo called the hotel front desk Sunday afternoon, saying he''d killed the children and was going to commit suicide. Baltimore police and firefighters were sent to their 10th-floor room and discovered the bodies, Bealefeld said.
Castillo was supposed to have returned the children to their mother in Silver Spring at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. His wife called Montgomery County police shortly after that time to say that her husband had not returned the children, Bealefeld said.
Baltimore police did not know how Montgomery County police responded, but said the cases were not connected until after the children''s bodies were found.
Bealefeld wouldn''t discuss the crime scene in detail but said police seized a laptop from the hotel room and were searching Castillo''s home.
Mom of drowned kids: Husband threatened to kill them
go back to article archive list
article loaded in 0 ms
David Olds (51) died from undisclosed medical conditions
Long time Snohomish County resident, David A. Olds passed away in Phoenix, Arizona on February 25, 2014. David and his twin brother, Daniel Olds were born May 4, 1962 in Everett to Larry and Arlene Olds.
Tanner Merz (21) was found dead in his overturned vehicle
Authorities in western Iowa found a Falls City man dead inside his overturned car this weekend.
Elvis Olsen (22) was killed by a man he became friends with in jail
His family posted a $64,000 bail to free him from jail after police say he slapped, choked and sexually assaulted a complete stranger.
Jennifer Hentosh (34) died from a heroin overdose
"I'm glad my daughter is dead." David Hentosh's voice is calm and steady as he explains what sounds so terrible coming from the mouth of a parent, but everyone listening to him in a small multi-purpose room at the former Del Hass High School in Bristol Township knows his pain.
Slavik Denchik (27) took his own life by an unknown method
Slavik was a traveling soul that knew he didn't belong on Earth. His family will miss him, the good and the bad. His death was sudden and feels like an unbearable burden to bear, but we have faith that he is with the One Slavik called Father.
Copyright © 2009 MyDeathSpace.com