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Father Pleads Guilty In Children's Deaths

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A man from Rockville has pleaded guilty to drowning his three young children in a Baltimore hotel bathtub.

Prosecutors say Mark Castillo pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in Baltimore Circuit Court. Castillo was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole. Castillo's attorneys previously contended that he was not criminally responsible, Maryland's version of an insanity plea.

In a taped interview with police played in court last week, Castillo calmly described how he drowned six-year-old Anthony, four-year-old Austin and two-year-old Athena. The 43-year-old has a history of mental illness and had been involved in a custody dispute with his former wife.

The court made a referral to Patuxent Institution, a treatment center in Jessup for mentally ill inmates.

Meymo Lyons reports...

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