Man pleads not guilty in stabbings of woman, 3 children

NEW YORK (AP) — A man arrested in the stabbings of his girlfriend and her three small children has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder and attempted murder.

Michael Sykes was arraigned Sunday in criminal court on Staten Island. He was remanded into custody and is due back in court on Tuesday.

Sykes was arrested on Saturday following a four-day manhunt after the brutal stabbing at a hotel used as homeless housing.

Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Cutler, her 19-month-old daughter Ziana and 4-month-old Maiyah died 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.

A housekeeper found the victims and called police. Cutler had been stabbed more than 40 times; the girls more than five times each.

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