NEW INFORMATION: Girl, 12, not competent for trial in stabbing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character has been found mentally unable to stand trial.

A judge declared the girl incompetent Friday and ordered her committed for treatment. Two doctors who examined the girl had submitted reports saying they didn't think she was competent.

Court documents say the two 12-year-olds plotted for months to kill their former friend to win favor with Slender Man, a character in online horror stories. Documents say they lured the victim into a wooded park following a sleepover and stabbed her 19 times.

Attorneys for both girls have said they hope to have the cases moved from adult to juvenile court, where more mental health and other services might be available.
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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A judge is hearing testimony about the mental health of one of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional character.

The girl's attorney has said he believes the girl is mentally ill and wants the case moved from adult court to juvenile court.

Dr. Brooke Lundbohm of the Wisconsin Forensic Unit testified Friday that she interviewed the girl in June.

The girl claims to see and hear things that others cannot -- including unicorns, Slender Man and Voldemort, an antagonist in the Harry Potter series.

The court-appointed psychologist says the girl laughed "almost hysterically" during their session.

Court documents say the girls plotted for months to kill their former friend to win favor with Slender Man, a character in online horror stories.
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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- The mental health of one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional character is up for discussion in a Wisconsin court.

Two doctors have filed reports saying they don't believe the girl is competent to stand trial.

But prosecutors have asked for a hearing on the issue Friday.

The girl's attorney has said he believes she is mentally ill and he wants the case moved from adult to juvenile court, where he says she can get more services.

Wisconsin law requires suspects 10 and older to be charged as adults in severe crimes.

Court documents say the 12-year-olds plotted for months to kill their former friend to win favor with Slender Man, a character in horror stories they had read online.


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