Dad Kills 3 Kids in Hotel Room, Calls Front Desk

Couple involved in custody battle
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 9:00 AM CDT
The bodies of three children, ages 6, 4 and 2, were found in a room at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A man involved in a bitter custody battle murdered his three children in a Baltimore hotel yesterday afternoon, then called the front desk to report it, the Baltimore Sun reports. Police still aren’t sure how Mark Castillo killed the children, aged 6, 4, and 2; there was no evidence of stabbing or gunshot wounds.

Castillo called the front desk at 1:15pm, saying he had killed his children and was considering harming himself. When police arrived, he bore minor self-inflicted cuts; he was treated at a hospital and taken in for questioning. Police say Castillo had “some history” of domestic abuse, and his ex-wife filed an emergency motion to deny him visitation rights last summer.