Staten Island stabbing suspect Michael Sykes arraigned on 3 counts of murder

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STATEN ISLAND -- A Brooklyn man accused of stabbing his girlfriend and her three small children at a Staten Island hotel was arraigned Sunday on three counts of murder.

Michael Sykes, 25, pleaded not guilty and was remanded to Rikers Island. He is due back in court Tuesday.

Sykes was arrested Saturday around 4 p.m. for the fatal stabbing of three people at the Ramada Inn in Staten island.

The stabbing happened around 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Hotel staff discovered Rebecca Cutler, 26, and her three children with stab wounds.

Police said Cutler and her daughters had returned from a diner not far from the hotel. Sykes allegedly waited in the hallway for them and attacked when they returned.

Cutler was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Her daughters — Ziana Cutler, 1, and Maiyah Sykes, 4 months — were rushed to another hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Cutler's third daughter underwent surgery and police say the 2-year-old "looks like she's going to make it."

A large kitchen knife was recovered at the scene.

Cutler and her children had been living at the hotel since August 2015. The hotel had been housing families who would otherwise be homeless.