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Police: Girls charged in stabbing expressed regret

Prosecutors: Pre-Teen Stabbed To Please Mythical Creature


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A 12-year-old girl accused of plotting to kill a friend to curry favor with a fictional character she read stories about online shows signs of mental illness and should be in a hospital, her defense attorney said Tuesday.

The girl and another 12-year-old have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in a stabbing that nearly killed another child the same age. The two girls told investigators they plotted for months to kill their friend because a character called Slenderman 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.

Cotton said the girl's parents are trying to figure out whether there were any signs they may have missed. But he said some things, such as make-believe, would not necessarily be alarming in a child.

The girls told investigators they read about Slenderman on the horror website creepypasta.wikia.com. 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 and it "does not endorse or advocate for the killing, worship, and otherwise replication of rituals of fictional works." Attempts to reach site operators by phone and email were unsuccessful.

According to court documents, the girls, both from the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, told investigators they invited their friend 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 in Waukesha County Circuit Court; they each face up to 65 years in prison if convicted. A court commissioner set bail at $500,000 cash per child.

The Associated Press isn't naming either girl who is charged because their attorneys could seek to have the cases moved to juvenile court, where proceedings are closed to the public. Cotton said he will try to get his client's case transferred because if the allegations are true, the plot developed when she was 11.

"I haven't met a lot of people who think that 11-year-olds and fifth graders should be prosecuted in the adult system," he said.


Richmond reported from Madison, Wisconsin.

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spike June 03 2014 at 1:39 PM

Theres too many excuse's available to murderers.Try them both as adults and sentence them ,as adults

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lv2213frs June 03 2014 at 1:47 PM

A 12-year-old knows the difference between right and wrong and they also understand death. These two are probably born without a conscience and if so, cannot be rehabilitated.

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Vicki June 03 2014 at 1:41 PM

Unbelievable! I truly believe that the TV shows, website availabilities, and mindset in these recent decades are so out of wack/senseless, and downright disgusting. Girls (and boys) at this age don't have a real grasp on reality vs. fantasy. Parents, please be more aware of what your kids watch, get involved with and are doing! What a shame for all involved.

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Linda June 03 2014 at 1:41 PM

And "WHY" is there a damn web site like this?

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jrwolfman1 June 03 2014 at 1:43 PM

They should be tried as adults and receive a lot of time in prison. If it was up to me they would receive the death penalty even though they didnt kill their friend. The attempt is enough!

I am sure they feel regret now that they are on the other side of the law.

There is no rehabilitating these young girls they will continue to walk on the wrong side of the law. Like a wild animal, once they get the taste of blood they get thirstier for it!

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Kate June 03 2014 at 1:39 PM

I suppose everyone is going to blame the parents again, but it is nearly impossible to know what young people are doing and thinking if they don't talk about it at home. Clearly the girls were egging each other on.

It's a sickening story, and I hope that their victim pulls through.

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Colleen June 03 2014 at 1:49 PM

I'm not blaming the parents, but it is imperative to go behind your children on the internet, their phones (text messages), ipads, etc, to be aware of what they are ingesting daily. Maybe this obsession would have been revealed to Mom or Dad if they had been more involved. God help all of those involved in this horribly sad situation.

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jnjsec June 03 2014 at 1:42 PM

Just put them in jail and throw away the key!!

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abenzrite June 03 2014 at 1:52 PM

what a world this has become,,,,

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Roy June 03 2014 at 1:47 PM

CLEARLY not fit for freedom!

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