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Slender Man stabbing victim recovering

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WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- The 12-year-old Waukesha girl stabbed by two of her classmates last month is making steady physical and emotional progress, according to a statement her family released Tuesday.

The girl was stabbed 19 times in the arms, legs and torso. She is now walking again but her movement is limited by breathing problems, said family spokesman Steve Lyons, who voiced optimism the girl will make a full recovery. Lyons added that the girl recently felt well enough to go to a movie with her father.

The family said in the statement she is on a "miraculous road to recovery" and adjusting to the "new normal." The family has protected her name and asked friends not to identify her. "She has a courageous heart and bravely deals with both the physical and emotional challenges since the attack," the statement read.

Court documents indicate the two 12-year-old suspects stabbed the girl in a plan to curry favor with Slender Man, a character in horror stories they read online. The girls told investigators they believed Slender Man had a mansion in a Wisconsin forest and they planned to live with him after earning his approval by killing their classmate.

The two suspects are charged in adult court with attempted homicide. WKOW isn't naming the accused girls because their cases could end up in juvenile court.

The victim was stabbed in a wooded Waukesha park on May 31.

Once the attackers left, authorities say the victim crawled to a road where a bicyclist found her. Doctors later told police she narrowly escaped death, because the knife came within a millimeter of piercing a major artery near her heart. She was released from a hospital about two weeks ago.

Supporters worldwide have donated nearly $50,000 to help with medical bills, along with gifts, care packages and purple hearts. Purple is her favorite color, Lyons said.

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