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Family of Young Boy Slain in NYCHA Elevator Plans Lawsuit

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The family of a young boy who was stabbed to death in an elevator in a NYCHA building plans to file a lawsuit against the housing authority.

The city Law Department is reviewing the lawsuit filed by P.J. Avitto's family.

The court papers say inferior NYCHA security standards led to the boy's death.

They family says the authority failed to replace defective locks and install security cameras at the Boulevard Houses in East New York even though the city allocated $27 million for NYCHA surveillance.

Michael Saint Hubert, 27, is accused of stabbing Avitto, 6, and Mikaya Capers, 7, in an elevator in the complex on June 1.

While P.J. was killed, Mikayla was critically injured but has since recovered.

Saint Hubert has pled not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder and assault.

His lawyers tried to pursue a possible psychiatric defense, but the judge declared him fit to stand trial.

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