Man pleads not guilty in stabbings of NYC woman, 3 children

- A man arrested in the stabbings of his girlfriend and her three small children was arraigned Sunday on murder and attempted murder charges in a New York City court.

Michael Sykes, 23, appeared before a judge in Staten Island criminal court and pleaded not guilty, the Associated Press reported. He was ordered held without bail and due back in court Tuesday.

He was arrested Saturday following a four-day manhunt after the brutal kitchen-knife stabbing at a New York hotel used as homeless housing.

Sykes was last seen on surveillance footage Wednesday heading to the Staten Island ferry shortly after the attack, and a call to his mother to say he’d killed his girlfriend and was going to kill himself, police said. But he took the ferry back to Manhattan and had been traveling through Brooklyn and Queens.

Sykes is accused of killing Rebecca Cutler, 26, her 19-month old daughter Ziana and 4-month-old Maiyah in the attack at a Ramada Inn on Staten Island. Two-year-old Miracle was in critical condition, but was stable. Sykes was the father of Maiyah.


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