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Slenderman Stabbing Victim In Fair Condition

A 12-year old girl who authorities say was stabbed by two friends in Wisconsin has been upgraded to fair condition, according to a spokeswoman for the hospital where she's being treated.

Officials say the girl was stabbed 19 times by 12-year-old Anissa Weier and 12-year-old Morgan Geyser.

Both girls are being charged as adults with first-degree intentional homicide.

Authorities say they carried out the attack to please a fictional online character, known as "slenderman."

The suspects are being held on bail of $500 thousand dollars each.



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When two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls were charged this week with stabbing a friend nearly to death, authorities had no choice but to send them to adult court.

In more than 20 states, kids as young as 10 are often charged as adults automatically, using laws intended to crack down on gangs and guns. But the practice has been widely questioned by juvenile-crime experts, who say that research shows many young offenders pose no long-term threats to society.

Emily Keller is an attorney with the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. She says adolescent development has indicated that even expert psychologists can't differentiate between kids who are going to become repeat offenders and those who are likely to outgrow their behaviors.

The author of Wisconsin's law stands by it.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)



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Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death to please a fictional character they learned about online.

Both girls were charged with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court. A court commissioner set bail at $500,000 cash per girl.

The criminal complaint says that one of the girls told a detective they had to kill someone to become proxies of a character called Slender Man they learned about on a horror-story website. The complaint says the girls started planning to kill their friend as early as December.

The three girls had a slumber party Friday. The two stabbed their friend 19 times in a wooded park Saturday.

The girl managed to crawl away and was found by a bicyclist. She is hospitalized.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)



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Police say two 12-year-old girls lured a friend into some woods in southeastern Wisconsin where one of them held her down as the other stabbed her 19 times.

The 12-year-old victim survived the attack on Saturday in Waukesha and police say her condition is stable.

Authorities say the suspects had planned to kill the victim for several months. Police say both girls were interested in a website containing stories of death and horror.

The victim was stabbed in the torso, legs and arms, but was able to crawl from the woods to a road where she was discovered by a bicyclist. The suspects were arrested several hours later.

A knife believed to have been used in the stabbing has been recovered.

The two suspects are expected in court Monday afternoon.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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