Adult or children's court? Psychologist discusses mental health of Morgan Geyser, charged in 'Slenderman' stabbing

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Psychologist Discusses Mental Health Of Teenage Slenderman Stabbing Suspect


WAUKESHA COUNTY — She sometimes sleeps on the floor, sits under tables, talks to fictional characters and acts like a cat. The bizarre behaviors of 13-year-old Morgan Geyser were described in a Waukesha County courtroom Wednesday, June 17th. Geyser is one of two girls accused of stabbing their friend 19 times in the woods in Waukesha to please the fictional character Slenderman. The victim survived. Now, a judge must decide whether Geyser should be tried in adult or juvenile court.

Geyser and 13-year-old Anissa Weier each face one count of attempted first degree intentional homicide.

Geyser has been diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia.

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Adult or children's court? Psychologist discusses mental health of Morgan Geyser, charged in 'Slenderman' stabbing
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)
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' 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 - 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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Now, a judge must determine whether she can get adequate mental health treatment in the adult court system. Geyser's attorney says no, and wants the case moved to juvenile court.

In court on Wednesday, Geyser was described as shy, intelligent and psychotic.

"When I saw her last week, a few days before Snape had come to visit her and kept her up until three in the morning by Morgan's report — a Harry Potter character," Deborah Collins, a psychologist said.

Collins was hired by Geyser's attorney. She says where Geyser is now — in the Washington County Secure Detection Facility, there is little psychiatric treatment. Geyser is on no medication.

But Collins testified Wednesday that Geyser is fine with that — crying at the thought that medication would stop the voices she hears.

"She does not want the voices to go away. She does not want her friends to go away," Collins said.

Collins says the longer Geyser goes without treatment, the worse it is for her long-term health.

The prosecution will get to make its case that Geyser can get treatment if tried as an adult.

Geyser's hearing will continue Thursday, June 18th.

The other girl charged in this case, Anissa Weier, had a two-day hearing last month.

Judge Michael Bohren plans to announce his decision on whether to move the two girls to juvenile court in August.

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