Stab horror girl 'is mentally ill'
A 12-year-old girl accused of plotting to kill a friend to curry favour with a fictional internet character shows signs of mental illness and should be in a hospital, her lawyer has said.
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, who was found with multiple wounds.
The two girls told investigators in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that they plotted for months to kill their 12-year-old friend because a character called Slenderman required that before they could become his "proxy".
Anthony Cotton, a lawyer for one of the girls charged over the stabbing, said her parents called him while she was being questioned at the police station because officers had rejected their request to see her.
Police read the girl her rights but were not required to have a parent or lawyer present if she did not ask for them, he said.
Mr Cotton said he would push to get the girl's case transferred to juvenile court, where more social services and mental health treatment would be available.
"She's 12 and she has mental health issues," he said. "There's no question that she needs to go to the hospital."
The girls are being held at a juvenile detention center after a judge set bail at 500,000 dollars (£300,000). Mr Cotton said his client's family could not afford that and a judge already rejected his first motion to move the girl to a hospital.
He said would seek a mental health evaluation as a first step towards a second request.
The girls told investigators they read about Slenderman on the horror website creepypasta.wikia.com. It is not clear whether accessed site 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.
According to court documents, the girls told investigators they invited their friend to a sleepover at one of their houses in Waukesha 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 could not bring herself to stab the victim, she said. She gave the knife back to the other girl but she could not 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.
The girls left their victim lying in the woods. She crawled to a road where a cyclist found her lying on the pavement. Police arrived and she gave them the name of one of the girls who attacked her.
Neighbours of the two accused girls said they were struggling to reconcile the allegations with what they knew about them and their upbringing.
Emily Edwards, 15, of Waukesha, babysat one of them for two years and said the girl was a normal child who was never mean, aggressive or violent. She said the parents were kind and caring and it was hard to believe what the girl was accused of doing.
Carolyn Nelson, who lives three doors from the other girl, said the family was friendly and always willing to lend a hand.