ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Emily Castro (Facebook account photo above), Ariel Castro’s daughter, tried to kill her own daughter that she had with Deangelo Gonzalez. Emily Castro attempted to murder her daughter Janyla when she was just 11 months old. Emily Castro’s brother, Ariel Anthony Castro, told the court to give lenience to Emily in sentencing. The court disagreed. It sentenced Emily Castro to twenty-five years in prison. It awarded Deangelo Gonzalez full custody of daughter Janyla, who made a complete recovery from the attack.
Anthony Castro told a court that his sister had mental health problems. But Emily Castro blamed her mental health on her father Ariel Castro. Shortly after the birth of her child Janyla, Emily Castro broke up with the child’s father. She then slashed her daughter’s neck in a murder attempt. The hideous crime in 2007 stunned a Fort Wayne, Indiana court.
The child’s grandmother, Ariel’s then wife, Grimilda Figueroa was found holding the baby bleeding from near fatal cuts. Ironically in court documents that same decade, Grimilda Figueroa accused Ariel Castro of kidnapping their children, including Emily. At the time, Grimilda Figueroa had complete custody of the kids.
Emily Castro told the court “I don’t know how this happened. I want you to know I am a very good mom”. Her brother Ariel Anthony Castro spoke on her behalf. “What happened to Janyla was serious, unthinkable and irreversible. What happened to my sister is no less serious.” He said that Emily is not an “animal who tried to kill her daughter out of revenge.”
But ultimately the court disagreed. “It is certainly a mystery as to how this happened or why this happened,” Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck ruled. For Ariel Castro’s Facebook account and more photos, click HERE.