- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man has been indicted on first-degree murder and other charges in the stabbings of his girlfriend and her three small children.

Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon announced the indictment of Michael Sykes on Monday.

Sykes will be arraigned on Friday. His attorney did not immediately respond to comment requests.

Sykes was arrested during a manhunt after the stabbings at a Ramada Inn hotel used as homeless housing.

Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Cutler, her 19-month-old daughter Ziana (zy-AN’-uh) and 4-month-old Maiyah (MY’-uh) died in the Feb. 10 attack. Sykes was Maiyah’s father.

Another child, a 2-year-old named Miracle, survived.

Authorities say Cutler was stabbed more than 40 times and the little girls about nine to 11 times each.


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