Mental Health

Jury finds Wisconsin girl mentally ill in Slender Man stabbing of classmate

Jury finds Wisconsin girl mentally ill in Slender Man stabbing of classmate

A Wisconsin girl who admitted to participating in the stabbing of a classmate to please horror character Slender Man will avoid prison after a jury determined Friday that she was mentally ill at the time of the attack.

Prosecutors said that Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser lured Payton Leutner into the woods at a Waukesha park in May 2014 and that Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times as Weier urged her on. Leutner managed to crawl out of the park and was found by a passing bicyclist. She survived her wounds.

All three girls were 12 at the time.

Weier, now 15, pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide but claimed she was mentally...

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