NEW YORK (PIX11) - Accused child killer Daniel St. Hubert returned to court Wednesday. It was the first time that relatives of victims PJ Avitto and Mikayla Capers came face-to-face with St. Hubert.
The hearing took less than five minutes, enough time for St. Hubert's attorney to enter a not guilty plea. St. Hubert is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, as well as weapons and graffiti charges.
Police say he attacked the two kids inside the elevator of the Boulevard Houses in East New York. Caper is recovering at a family member's house, but her presence was felt in court. Caper's great grandmother held on to her favorite doll.
Seeing St. Hubert was very emotional for them.
Avitto's mother said, "We have to do something about this, we can't let these people out of jail. I understand that their time is up, but there has to be something in place for these people to go to instead of walking the street and killing people's kids."
"I feel nothing," Capers' great-grandmother Regenia Trevathan said. "I am just concerned about my granddaughter, PJ's family. I have no feelings whatsoever towards that person."
Police are also investigating St. Hubert's connection to other stabbings across New York City, including one a few blocks away that left 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland dead and another on a subway platform in Chelsea.
St. Hubert's attorney is expected to enter an insanity plea on his next court date, Aug. 8th.