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Doctor to examine competency of 12-year-old girl charged as adult in 'Slender Man'stabbing case
Defendants, both 12, in 'Slender Man' stabbing case to return to court July 2.
'Slender Man' is the boogeyman of the Internet, scaring and attracting viewers.

One of the girls accused of attempted murder in the “Slender Man” stabbing case will be evaluated by a state-appointed doctor, a commissioner in Waukesha, Wis., ruled Wednesday.

Morgan Geyser, 12, will be examined to determine if she is competent to stand trial on a charge of first-degree attempted homicide, her lawyer, Anthony D. Cotton, told The Times. Anissa Weier, 12, is also charged in the case, but her lawyer did not request an examination. Both girls have been charged as adults.

The doctor will have 15 days to examine Geyser, Cotton said. The girls are due back in Waukesha County Circuit Court on July 2.

The girls are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

They are accused of trying to kill a classmate to curry favor with Slender Man, an Internet meme, literally a ultra-thin fictional character dressed in black who stalks and terrorizes viewers. Slender Man is seen as the digital boogeyman that attracts and repels teenagers.

Weier and Geyser are accused of luring their friend into the woods and stabbing her 19 times with a kitchen knife May 31. Weier told a detective she thought she would be able to go live with Slender Man if she killed someone, according to a criminal complaint in the case.

Once the attackers left, the 12-year-old victim crawled from the woods, where a passing bicyclist found her. Doctors later told police the girl had narrowly escaped death because the knife missed a major artery near her heart by one millimeter.

The girl who was stabbed has been released from the hospital. Friends have raised more than $43,000 on her behalf.

The case remains in adult court for now, but lawyers have said they could ask to move the proceedings to juvenile court where the defendants face lesser sentences.

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