27-year-old Daniel St. Hubert appeared before a judge late Thursday, after being charged in the elevator stabbing in Brooklyn that killed a 6-year-old, Prince Avitto and critically injured a 7-year-old Mikayla Capers. Although it’s still uncertain why the children were attacked, experts say drug use by paranoid schizophrenics can result in hallucinations and violent outbursts and that could have possibly been the reason why St. Hubert attacked these children. St. Hubert was officially charged with murder, attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, making graffiti and possession of a graffiti instrument.
Sources say that DNA and a cell phone led the authorities to St. Hubert. While he was spraying graffiti on a stop sign in Ozone Park, Queens, officers were able to ping his phone and recognized him almost instantly. St. Hubert had a knife on him when he was arrested. He was taken to Brooklyn Criminal Court, where an Assistant District Attorney requested that he remain in custody due to the “heinous and vicious nature” his crime. Prosecutors also considered him a flight risk, and said he was supposed to be in a halfway house but absconded.
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“They got that bastard, and that bastard is going to hell,” said Avitto’s distraught mother, Aricka McClinton, 42.
It feels like my baby can rest in peace,” she said, joining others from the neighborhood who celebrated outside the station house. A crowd of over 100 supporters gathered to watch police walk the St. Hubert to a car to transport him to court. Many of them screamed, “Murderer!” as he was escorted by police and others just wanted to lay their eyes on someone who had the gall to carry out such awful and horrendous crimes.
St. Hubert is also suspected to be the killer in two other knife attacks in New York City. 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland was stabbed to death seven days after St. Hubert was released from prison for attempted murder. “He’s a violent individual… he’s assaulted a correction officer, he’s assaulted a police officer,” detectives said during a press conference Wednesday about 15 minutes before he was caught.
It’s obvious that something more needs to be done with violent criminals with a history of mental illness. Men like St. Hubert are released from the confines of prison all the time, and when they go back into society, they can’t help but repeat the cycle. He was constantly being tested with mental health exams and was deemed unfit and committed to a mental institution and would only be there for a few months before he was deemed fit for trial. While in prison, St. Hubert was made to serve his full five-year sentence because he refused psychiatric treatment, officials said.
I don’t understand how someone so violent and mentally ill could plead guilty, do five years and be released? What do you think is going to happen? He’s somehow going to reform and be Ghandi? No! He’s going to remain violent, which was obvious from his attacks a few days after he was freed. There should be more counseling and supervision with people like St. Hubert. Releasing them onto the streets is not a helpful action. A spokeswoman for the state Office of Mental Health declined to comment on why St. Hubert wasn’t institutionalized upon release, but said generally patients aren’t committed without a specific reason.
If a patient is going to all meetings, appointments and doing everything he or she is required to do, and is showing no active symptoms that he or she is a danger to self or others, then he or she would not be a candidate for involuntary commitment,” said spokeswoman Kristin Salvi.
Here’s a few pieces from St. Hubert’s violent criminal past:
- In 2009, St. Hubert walked into his mother Marie Bauzile’s room while she was watching television, punched her in the face and body and tried to strangle her with an electrical cord, according to records in Queens County court.
- There are nine arrests on St. Hubert’s record over the last eight years.
- In 2010, St. Hubert was charged with assaulting a correction officer.
- May 30, 2014 (seven days after his release from prison) Tanaya Copeland was stabbed to death and St. Hubert is suspected to be the killer.
- June 1, 2014 Prince Avitto stabbed to death and Mikayla Capers critically injured
- June 4, 2014 A homeless man was stabbed at the 18th street subway station in NYC and St. Hubert was reportedly seen in the area, carrying a knife.
- June 4, 2014 St. Hubert was taken into custody after urinating in public and later released.
- Later in the evening of June 4, 2014, St. Hubert was taken into custody again after being caught writing graffiti and charged with Prince Avitto’s murder and Mikayla Capers’ attempted murder.
This is a very sad story and while I am glad they caught the Brooklyn killer, I’m sad that he’s about to enter into another cycle of being institutionalized without proper mental health care.
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17 Things To Do To Lift Your Spirits Today [GIFS]
1. 1. Play With A Puppy
It's no secret that people with pets live longer. Petting a puppy increases blood levels of the brain chemicals serotonin and oxytocin, which are both mood elevators.
2. 2. Get Less Sleep
Usually, we're told to get more sleep, but science proves that if we get less, depression lifts! Although researchers aren’t sure why it works, they speculate that one night of sleep deprivation may reset the sleep clock, enabling people who are depressed to sleep better.
3. 3. Play Peekaboo With A Kitten
As an admitted cat hater, even I can't deny the power of an adorable kitty!
4. 4. Become A Drummer
Drumming relieves stress and even allows for your aggression to be expressed in a healthy way. While it may be helpful to bang out a few notes at your desk, joining a drumming circle could be as therapeutic as, well...therapy!
5. 5. Walk It Out
Taking a walk is often used to relieve stress, but little do you know, fresh air does wonders for the brain. It energizes and uplifts!
6. 6. Smile
Turn that frown, upside down! We all know it takes more muscles in your face to frown than it does to smile. Research proves that the physiology of smiling actually makes you happy. Go ahead. Try to smile and see if notice a change in your mood.
7. 7. Feed Your Face
A dip in your blood sugar can effect your mood in a negative way. What causes your blood sugar to dip? Not eating! So make sure you get in your three square meals plus snacks, everyday! Make sure you're looking for foods rich in Omega-3 fats., as these foods have been shown to lift moods and can possibly alleviate depression. Omega-3 fats are found in oily fish like salmon or sardines, canola and olive oils, as well as flaxseeds and walnuts.
8. 8. Listen To Music
Music has a way of creating a cocoon of positivity around you. Tune out and tune into some of your favorite songs. Get lost in the melody, lyrics and soothing tunes and you'll feel better in no time.
9. 9. Volunteer
Taking yourself out of the picture and focusing on helping someone else keeps your own stress down to a minimum. Nine times out of 10, you realize that people have it worse than you, and that allows you to put your own troubles into perspective. It could always be worse.
10. 10. Get You Some
Recently a 100-year-old woman expressed that for her very special birthday, she wanted to get her some, you-know-what. But here's the thing, sex does wonders for your mood and evidently it's the fountain of youth too!
11. 11. Laugh A Little
Nothing says good mood like a healthy and hearty laugh! Making sure giggles are inserted into your day is a bonafide way of just letting it go.
12. 12. Get A Massage
By adding therapeutic massage to your routine now, you'll feel, look and simply be healthier. In fact, stress relief alone can improve your vitality and state of mind.
13. 13. Take A Deep Breath
When you're feeling frantic, you should stop, close your eyes and refocus your breathing pattern. Shift your breathing and take longer breaths. This will soothe your nerves, send oxygen to your brain and refresh your mind.
14. 14. Press Your Palms
In case you can't afford massages, give yourself one! Start with your hands, focusing on pressing the thumb from your opposite hand on the fleshiest part of your palm and firmly kneading in tiny circles and repeat.
15. 15. Let Them Eat Chocolate
Chocolate causes euphoria. No, really. The sweet treat contains alkaloids and magnesium, copper and other minerals that regulate and stabilize brain chemistry.
16. 16. Beautify Your Surroundings
Nothing says happy like looking around and catching all the beauty that's around you. Taking pride in your personal space and keeping it beautiful, makes your mood beautiful. And if that fails, surround yourself with Idris Elba.
17. 17. Stretch
Stretching a few times throughout the day stand up stretch out your arms, your back, your legs, and your neck. Be gentle and don’t over do it. Stretching should feel great and renew your energy.