The Latest: 2nd child dies after stabbing at NYC hotel

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The Latest on the stabbing of a woman and three children on Staten Island (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

Authorities say a second girl has died after a stabbing at a New York City hotel that also claimed the life of her mother and a sister.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that a 5-month-old girl died Wednesday after being injured at a Ramada Inn on Staten Island.

The girl's mother, 28-year-old Rebecca Cutler, and her 1-year-old sister died earlier. A 2-year-old girl remains in critical condition.

Police are searching for the mother's boyfriend, 23-year-old Michael Sykes. The 5-month-old was Sykes' daughter with Cutler.

De Blasio say the victims were among homeless families residing at a hotel on Staten Island.


1:20 p.m.

Police are searching for a man they say stabbed his girlfriend and her three daughters in a New York City hotel, killing the woman and one of the girls.

A police official tells The Associated Press that 23-year-old Michael Sykes called his mother early Wednesday to say he was going to kill his girlfriend and himself.

The official wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the case and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Police say 28-year-old Rebecca Cutler died at a hospital following the subsequent stabbing at a Ramada Inn on Staten Island.

They say her 1-year-old daughter, Miracle Cutler, also died at a hospital.

The other two girls are 2 years old and 5 months. They are in critical condition. The 5-month-old is Sykes' daughter.

— Associated Press writer Jake Pearson contributed to this report.


This story has been corrected to show that the slain child was 1, not 2.