MILWAUKEE (AP) -- 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.
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Waukesha police have good news about the 12-year-old whose friends stabbed her 19 times and nearly killed her over the weekend.
Police Capt. Ron Oremus said Wednesday the girl is on the road to recovery, at least physically. He says she's walking and talking again, and that she's "a fighter" to be recovering so well from such trauma.
Doctors say she was "1 millimeter away from certain death" because one of her stab wounds just missed a major artery near her heart.
Two of her classmates are charged with trying to kill her Saturday. The girls told detectives they conspired for months to kill her in hopes of pleasing Slenderman, a fictional online character.
Oremus says the victim's family is still overwhelmed and asks that their privacy be respected.
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- The condition of the 12-year-old girl who suffered 19 stab wounds in a Waukesha park is improving.
The girl is at Waukesha Memorial Hospital where a spokeswoman tells the Journal Sentinel her condition has been upgraded to fair. The girl was gravely injured Saturday and doctors told police she was within "one millimeter away from certain death" because one of her stab wounds narrowly missed a major artery near her heart.
Two of the girl's classmates at Horning Middle School in Waukesha are charged with trying to kill her. The girls told detectives they conspired for months to kill their friend in hopes of pleasing Slenderman, a fictional character they read about on a horror website.