New York City settles over toddler’s stabbing in elevator

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NEW YORK — A judge says New York City lawyers have reached a settlement with the family of a now 11-year-old girl who survived a random stabbing inside the elevator of a public housing complex more than three years ago.

Daniel St. Hubert

The family of Mikayla Capers filed a civil suit against the New York City Housing Authority in December 2014, six months after she and her friend, 6-year-old Joshua Avitto, were attacked. Avitto died from his injures. Capers was stabbed 16 times; she suffered from abdominal bleeding and a lacerated spleen.

They were on their way to get ice cream when they were attacked.

The family argued housing officials neglected the Brooklyn complex and didn’t fix a front door that accused murderer Daniel St. Hubert used to enter the building.

The settlement amount wasn’t disclosed. Capers had testified on Tuesday.

St. Hubert has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial in March.  He allegedly attacked the children nine days after he was released from prison for attempted murder.

Avitto’s mother has also sued the housing authority. That case is ongoing.

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