NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in a public housing elevator in East New York, Brooklyn last year is filing a lawsuit against the City of New York.
Aricka McClinton alleged in the lawsuit that officials carelessly left a long-broken front door unfixed and surveillance cameras uninstalled.
Prince Joshua “P.J.” Avitto’s mother is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Brooklyn.
A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio called Prince’s death tragic and says the city will review the suit. The New York City Housing Authority declined to comment.
P.J. and his 7-year-old friend, Mikayla Capers, were playing outside that Sunday evening when they went upstairs to get some ice cream from P.J.’s sixth-floor apartment.
That was when police said Daniel St. Hubert followed them into the elevator and used a steak knife to stab each child multiple times. P.J. died at a hospital and was buried later in June. Mikayla survived.
St. Hubert has pleaded not guilty. He has a history of mental problems but has been found fit to stand trial in the stabbings.
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