WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) _ One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character has been found mentally unable to stand trial.
A judge declared the girl incompetent Friday and ordered her committed for treatment. Two doctors who examined the girl had submitted reports saying they didn't think she was competent.
Court documents say the two 12-year-olds plotted for months to kill their former friend to win favor with Slender Man, a character in online horror stories. Documents say they lured the victim into a wooded park following a sleepover and stabbed her 19 times.
Attorneys for both girls have said they hope to have the cases moved from adult to juvenile court, where more mental health and other services might be available.
UPDATED Friday, August 1, 2014 ---
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- The mental health of one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional character is up for discussion in a Wisconsin court.
Two doctors have filed reports saying they don't believe the girl is competent to stand trial.
But prosecutors have asked for a hearing on the issue Friday.
The girl's attorney has said he believes she is mentally ill and he wants the case moved from adult to juvenile court, where he says she can get more services.
Wisconsin law requires suspects 10 and older to be charged as adults in severe crimes.
Court documents say the 12-year-olds plotted for months to kill their former friend to win favor with Slender Man, a character in horror stories they had read online.
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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) _ The Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times, allegedly by classmates trying to please a fictional online character, has received a military Purple Heart from an anonymous donor.
The girl's family had asked that well-wishers send her purple hearts, reflecting her favorite color and shape, and the 12-year-old was inundated with paper hearts from across the country. Then one person sent her the real thing.
The girl's family said Tuesday that the medal came with a card that read: ``The only heart I could find! Be strong!''
The military awards the Purple Heart to veterans wounded or killed in action.
Investigators say the girl nearly died in May after being lured to a park and attacked by two 12-year-old girls after a sleepover in Waukesha, outside Milwaukee. She's now recovering at home.
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) _ A judge has halted his previous order that a 12-year-old Waukesha girl accused in the near-fatal stabbing of a classmate undergo an insanity exam.
The girl and a 12-year-old co-defendant are charged with trying to kill their victim. Prosecutors say the suspects were trying to impress the fictional horror character Slender Man.
Defense attorney Anthony Cotton represents one of the girls. Separate doctors for the state and defense believe his client isn't mentally competent to assist in her own defense.
Last week prosecutors asked that Cotton's client be evaluated to determine whether she had a mental defect at the time of the crime. Judge Michael Bohren granted the exam, despite Cotton's objection that the girl couldn't be questioned if she's incompetent.
Bohren reversed himself Tuesday, halting his order for mental examination.
UPDATED Wednesday, July 2, 2014 ---
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Doctors say one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is not competent to stand trial.
The doctors' reports have not been made public, but attorneys said Wednesday that a doctor for the state of Wisconsin and a doctor hired by the girl's defense agree that she is not mentally competent.
Prosecutors have asked for further evaluation and a hearing on the matter, and the judge has agreed.
Authorities have said the two girls plotted for months to kill their friend to curry favor with the specter known as Slender Man. A criminal complaint says they lured her to a wooded park west of Milwaukee on May 31 and stabbed her 19 times.
The victim is now recovering at home.
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UPDATED Wednesday, July 2, 2014 ---
Two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing and nearly killing a classmate to curry favor with a fictional online character are due back in court Wednesday.
Attorneys are expected to discuss the results of a mental health evaluation done on one of the girls. Defense attorney Anthony Cotton has said he believes his client is mentally ill, and a court commissioner previously agreed to have a state doctor examine her.
Cotton says he also has hired a second doctor to do an evaluation.
A motion for prosecutors to turn over evidence to the other girl's public defender also is on the agenda.
Court documents say the girls plotted for months to kill their friend to please the specter known as Slender Man. The 12-year-old victim has been recovering at home.
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) _ The 12-year-old Waukesha girl who was stabbed last month by two classmates fixated on a fictional horror character has recovered enough to go to the movies with her father.
The girl's family released a statement Tuesday saying she continues to deal with physical and emotional challenges, but she has a ``courageous heart.'' The family has asked that the girl's name not be revealed.
She was stabbed May 31 by two other 12-year-olds. The suspects face hearings in adult court next week.
The victim's family had asked supporters to send the girl purple hearts, reflecting her favorite shape and color. The say she's received thousands from across the nation and world, and the family is overwhelmed by the response.
Supporters have also donated nearly $50,000 to help with medical bills.
UPDATED Wednesday, June 11, 2014 ---
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A court commissioner has ordered a competency evaluation for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times in a quest to please a spooky fictional character they read about online.
Attorney Anthony Cotton requested the competency hearing for his client in court Wednesday. Cotton says he can't give details about why he questions the girl's competency but has an obligation to raise the issue if he sees signs that spur a question.
A state-appointed doctor will evaluate his client.
The other girl's attorney says he is not raising competency as an issue right now but could later. Attorney Joseph Smith Jr. says now he is seeking information from prosecutors to help prepare for a preliminary hearing.
The girls are due back in court July 2.
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) _ Two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a friend 19 times and leaving her to die in a park in southeastern Wisconsin are due back in adult court.
The girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, are scheduled for a status conference in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday. They are charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide and are being held on $500,000 cash bond. The 12-year-old victim survived the May 31 attack by crawling out of some woods to a road where a passing bicyclist found her.
A criminal complaint says the girls had been planning to kill their friend for months and were trying to become ``proxies'' of Slender Man, a mythological character they learned about on a website about horror stories and legends.
The judge in the case has issued an order that the media not show the faces of the suspects during their court appearance Wednesday. Media groups are asking for reconsideration of that order, which the motion called "unprecedented" for adult criminal defendants.
The victim is out of the hospital and is recovering at home.