'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple Heart from well wisher

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Judge Michael Bohren rules one of two 12-year-old defendants mentally competent after hearing the testimony from doctors in a courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
One of the two 12-year-old defendants is led into the courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
One of the two 12-year-old defendants is led into the courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
One of the two 12-year-old defendants' hands are unshackled to allow her to make notes in a courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
Joseph Smith, attorney for one of two 12-year-old defendants, sits in a courtroom at the county court in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing another girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears)
Dr. Robert Rawski testifies to the mental competency of one of two 12-year-old defendants in a courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
One of two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please horror character Slender Man appears in court during the second day of a preliminary hearing in Waukesha, Wis., An attorney for one of two girls to convince a judge Tuesday to move her case into juvenile court, arguing that his client is mentally disturbed and believed she had to kill to protect herself and her family from the creature. Bohren declined to rule on anything Tuesday, asking all sides to submit briefs. All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the incident. (AP Photo/Journal Sentinel, Rick Wood, POOL)
A photo taken on June 3, 2014, shows a Waukesha, Wis. park where two 12-year-old girls are accused of planning to kill another 12-year-old girl before deciding to go to some nearby woods, where the girl was severely injured with 19 stab wounds. Prosecutors say the two 12-year-olds stabbed their acquaintance to please a fictional creature they learned about online. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
FILE - In this Saturday, May 31, 2014, file photo, rescue workers take a 12-year-old stabbing victim to an ambulance in Waukesha, Wis. Neighbors of two U.S. girls accused of stabbing another girl nearly to death say they're struggling to reconcile the allegations with what they know about the 12-year-olds and their upbringings. (AP Photo/Abe Van Dyke, File)
FILE - This Monday June 24, 2013 file photo shows a memorial that the family of 16-year-old Skylar Neese, of Star City, W.Va., has erected at a remote spot in Wayne Township, Pa., where the girl was allegedly stabbed to death last summer by two girls she believed were her best friends. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith, Pool)
POOL - A memorial erected by the family of 16-year-old Skylar Neese, of Star City, W.Va., stands at a remote spot in Wayne Township, Pa., where the girl was allegedly stabbed to death last summer by two girls she believed were her best friends. One of Skylar's friends — 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf — has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. A second girl is unidentified because the case is in juvenile court. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith, pool)
FILE - The site in Waukesha, Wis., where a bicyclist found a 12-year-old girl who had 19 stab wounds is seen in this Tuesday June 3, 2014, file photo. Two 12-year-old girls are accused of stabbing the girl in the woods to please a fictional character they learned about online. Neighbors of the two accused say they're struggling to reconcile the allegations with what they know about the 12-year-olds and their upbringings. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger, File)
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(Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two classmates to win favor with a fictional Internet character, has been sent a prestigious Purple Heart medal by an anonymous well-wisher, the victim's family said on Tuesday.

The Purple Heart was recently sent to the 12-year-old girl in an unsigned card that read, "The Only Heart I Could Find – Be Strong," the family said in a statement.

'Slender Man' Stabbing Victim Sent Purple Heart Medal

"The family has been so touched and moved by this act of kindness that they would like to personally thank the individual, publicly or privately, for the gift and for their sacrifice for our country."

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. military who are wounded in battle or posthumously if they are killed in action or die after being wounded in action.

"It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave and courageous little girl something from his or her heart," Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos said in a statement.

The girl, who has not been identified, was lured into a park and stabbed 19 times in late May in Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee, by two classmates after a sleepover the night before, according to authorities.

The victim spent six days in the hospital after the attack and is now recovering at home, the family recently said.

Her alleged attackers, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, face up to 60 years in prison if convicted as adults of attempted homicide. They could be incarcerated to age 25 if they are convicted as juveniles under state law.

Weier and Geyser told investigators they stabbed the girl to impress Slenderman, a tall, fictional bogeyman popular on the Internet that they insisted was real, according to a criminal complaint.

Two doctors concluded that Geyser was incompetent to stand trial and a judge ordered a competency hearing on Aug. 1 at the request of prosecutors.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Eric M. Johnson and Ron Popeski)

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