NEW INFORMATION: Police say stabbing victim is walking, talking

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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.
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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.