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Attorney still trying to get 12-year-old stabbing suspect transferred to mental facility

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WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- The attorney for one of the 12-year-old girls accused of plotting to kill a friend to curry favor with a fictional character said Tuesday the girl shows signs of mental illness and should be in a hospital.

Both pre-teen suspects are charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in a stabbing that doctors say nearly killed another 12-year-old child.

The victim was stabbed 19 times and doctors say one of the wounds was one millimeter from a major artery. The two girls told investigators they plotted for months to kill their friend because a character called Slenderman they read about online required them to kill someone before they could become his "proxy."

Both girls are being held at a juvenile detention center. Anthony Cotton, the attorney for one girl, said a judge rejected his request Monday to have the girl transferred to a mental health facility, but he will renew that request when she returns to court next week.

"From what I know, we've got a young girl here who has no previous criminal record at all, and if the record is accurate, probably suffers from very serious mental health issues," said Cotton, who planned to meet with the girl later Tuesday.

The girls told investigators they read about Slenderman on the horror website
It's not clear whether they got access to the website at home or at school, but a school administrator said employees were reviewing various websites to see if they should be blocked after the stabbing.

An administrator on the site said in a post Tuesday that all stories on the site were fiction.

After the stabbing, the victim crawled to an area where a bicyclist found her, before police arrived and she gave them the name of one of the girls who attacked her.

Each young suspect faces up to 65 years in prison, if convicted. A court commissioner set bail at $500,000 cash per child.

Cotton said he will try to get his client's case transferred to you court, because if the allegations are true, the plot developed when she was 11.


WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- A court document shows the 12-year-old girl stabbed 19 times in Waukesha was, according to doctors, "one millimeter away from certain death."

Doctors at Waukesha Memorial Hospital told police one of the girl's stab wounds missed a major artery near her heart by a millimeter.

The document says a surgical team performing laparoscopic surgery on the girl found injuries to her liver, pancreas and stomach.

The hospital declined to update the girl's condition Tuesday, but police said Monday the girl's condition was stable.

Two of the victim's friends, both also 12, are charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide. Each are being held on a $500,000 cash bond.

Court documents also show the two suspects struggled to decide who should do the killing and expressed at least some regret to detectives.

Both the suspects and victim are from the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha.

The suspects told investigators they had been planning to kill their 12-year-old friend for months to please Slenderman, a fictional demon-like creature they learned about through a horror website, according to a criminal complaint. They invited the girl to a sleepover at one of their houses on Friday and planned to duct tape her mouth while she was sleeping, stab her in the neck, put the covers over her to make it look like she was sleeping and run away to Slenderman's mansion.

They backed out of that plan, deciding to kill her on Saturday in a nearby park bathroom so blood would go down the drain. They convinced the girl to go to the park with them and got her into the bathroom. One of the girls handed the knife to the other but she couldn't bring herself to stab the victim, she said. She gave the knife back to the other girl but she couldn't go through with it either, the complaint said.

They went into the woods, where one girl pushed the victim down and sat on her. The girls then traded the knife back and forth between them before one of them finally tackled the victim again and began stabbing her, according to the complaint.

One girl told a detective she understood they were going to end a life and she regretted it.

"The bad part of me wanted her to die, the good part of me wanted her to live," the girl told the investigator.

The other girl told detectives they both stabbed the victim. At one point that girl said she was sorry and what she did was "probably wrong."

The girls left the victim lying in the woods. She crawled to a road where a bicyclist found her lying on the sidewalk. Police arrived and she gave them the name of one of the girls who attacked her.

Both girls were charged Monday as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Each faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

At least one of the suspects' attorneys plans to pursue moving her case into juvenile court, where proceedings are closed to the public.

Attorney Donna Kuchler asked the judge to remove reporters from the courtroom Monday because she planned to attempt to get her client waived into juvenile court, but the judge refused.

Both girls are due back in court on June 11 for a status conference.


WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- The online websites where two girls learned about a fictional character they claim motivated them to stab a friend have issued statements.

Police have said the two 12-year-olds carried out the attack this weekend because they believed in a fictional character named "The Slender Man" (also known as Slenderman), which they learned about on and Tuesday morning, both sites issues statements, which you can read in full here:
Creepypasta Statement
Creepypasta Wiki Statement

Creepypasta offered condolences to the families involved, and says while new stories and comments are not being taken at this time, the original posts will not be taken down. Part of the statement reads, "But if I may be so bold, I don't believe that it's the fault of Slenderman or horror writing in general that this happened. I remember reading scary stories and watching slasher movies when I was a child and young teenager and while they certainly gave me nightmares, they did not instill within me a desire to murder my friends. For someone to make the jump from reading a creepy story that is - at least on this website, once again I can't speak for all creepypasta websites - being presented as 100% fiction into actually using it as a motive to plot to murder another human being - something else has to be going on there."

WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- Two 12-year-old girls stabbed their friend 19 times this past weekend over what police are saying was an interest in an online collection of "small stories about death and horror."

Waukesha police said the two girls believed in a fictional evil character named "The Slender Man" and wanted to be his disciples.  They believed killing someone would do it.

According to the complaint, the girls lured their friend into the woods Saturday.  Police say the two girls stabbed the third one with a kitchen knife all over her body.

Officers found out about it when a passerby found the victim just before 10 a.m. Saturday.  She was hospitalized and is currently in stable condition.

Our affiliate, WISN, says the girls told police they had been planning the stabbing since December.  One of the girls said, "It just seemed necessary."  The other girl said, "The bad part of me wanted her to die.  The good part of me wanted her to live."

An attorney for one of the girls says a mental evaluation is the next step.

The girls' bail was set at $500,000 each.


WAUKESHA (WKOW) --  Waukesha police say a 12-year old girl is in stable condition after being stabbed 19 times by two other girls.

Police say the two 12-year olds lured their friend into a wooded area where one girl held her down, and the other stabbed the victim repeatedly.

She was stabbed in the torso, legs and arms, but was able to crawl out of the woods and to a road where she was found by a passing bicyclist.

Authorities say the two suspects had planned to kill the victim for several months before attacking her Saturday.

The two suspects were arrested a few hours after the stabbing and are expected in court Monday afternoon.

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