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Judge: 12-year-old in 'Slender Man' stabbing case unfit to stand trial

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'Slender Man' stabbing suspect not competent to stand trial
Judge finds 12-year-old suspect in #SlenderMan stabbing unfit for trial
'She continues to have a very strong belief in ... Slender Man,' says attorney of stabbing suspect

One of the two girls charged with stabbing a classmate 19 times in an attempt to appease a fictional monstrosity known as "Slender Man" has been found unfit to stand trial, her attorney told the Los Angeles Times.

Morgan Geyser, 12, will now be placed in a psychiatric care facility, but prosecutors may revisit the issue within 90 days, her attorney, Anthony Cotton, said.

Geyser and 12-year-old Anissa Weier allegedly lured a 12-year-old classmate into a patch of woods in Waukesha, Wis., on May 31, holding her down and stabbing her repeatedly in a bid to gain favor from "Slender Man," a wiry, Internet bogeyman with long tendrils. 

Weier told police she thought she could run away and live with the creature if she killed the victim, according to court documents.

The young girl was rescued by a passing cyclist, and has been recovering slowly, according to statements released by her family.

Cotton has repeatedly questioned his client's mental state, and has made several attempts to move the case into family court. Waukesha prosecutors have charged both girls as adults.

“She continues to have a very strong belief in fantasy creatures, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Slender Man, unicorns, believing that those things are real and that she can communicate with some of them," Cotton said.

Waukesha Deputy District Atty. Sue Opper declined to comment on the judge's ruling, but said by law, Geyser's competency will be subject to review every three months, and within 30 days of her expected release from a psychiatric facility.

Weier's attorneys have not asked for a competency hearing, and she will appear in court in October, Cotton said.

While he called Friday's ruling "vindication," Cotton warned his client is still at risk to face trial as an adult. If a doctor sees evidence that Geyser might be able to assist in her own defense, another competency hearing could be called, he said.

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