WAUKESHA, Wisc. (CBS/AP) — Prosecutors in southeastern Wisconsin were seeking to try two 12-year-old girls as adults, after they allegedly tried to stab a classmate to death.
CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports the girls allegedly stabbed another 12-year-old girl 19 times after the girls got involved in an online horror story.
Investigators said the girls planned the attack in the town of Waukesha, Wisconsin, about 20 miles west of Milwaukee.
Police said the two girls invited the victim over for a sleepover on Friday night. Prosecutors said their real intent was to kill their classmate in order to satisfy a fictional online character known as “Slender Man.” The girls allegedly planned to kill their classmate for months before carrying out their attack over the weekend.
“Both suspects had a fascination with a fictitious character that often posted to a website that is a collection of small stories about death and horror,” said Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack.
After a sleepover Friday night, the two girls allegedly lured their victim to a wooded area on Saturday, and stabbed her 19 times.
“Once there, one suspect held the victim down, while the other suspect stabbed her 19 times in the arms, legs, and torso,” Jack said.
The victim survived and was able to crawl away from the crime scene, and flag down a passing cyclist. She was in stable condition, recovering in the hospital.
According to the criminal complaint, one of the girls told an investigator they began planning to kill their friend in December. The other girl told police they decided to kill her so they could become proxies of Slender Man, who would accept them and let them live with him in his mansion in the Nicolet National Forest.
The other girl said she sees Slender Man in her dreams. She said he watches her and can read her mind and teleport.
Prosecutors charged the two girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, as adults with first-degree attempted murder. Their bail was set at $500,000 each.
A lawyer representing one of the girls said he plans to fight to reverse the prosecutors’ decision to charge the girls as adults.