Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Slender Man Verdict: Teen Girl Avoids Prison Time for Stabbing

Slender Man Verdict: Teen Girl Avoids Prison Time for Stabbing

In 2014, Weier and a friend stabbed a classmate 19 times in a park west of Milwaukee, claiming they were influenced by the fictional character Slender Man. At the time of the incident, all three girls were 12-year-old.

Weier, now 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree intentional homicide in a deal with prosecutors in August.

Gregory Van Rybroek took the stand in a Waukesha County courtroom Thursday at Anissa Weier's trial.

Together they became obsessed with Slender Man, developing a condition called shared delusional disorder, McMahon said. Such a verdict would send Weier to a mental health facility instead of prison. Jurors saw clips Wednesday of investigators questioning Weier after the attack, during which Weier moved from apparent complete belief in Slender Man, to some doubt, to a realization by the end of her interrogation that she had been duped. If the jury had found her guilty, she could have gone to prison for 10 years.

A second psychologist has testified about the delusional mental state of a girl who's admitted to helping stab a classmate almost to death in a Wisconsin park in 2014. Westendorf was appointed by a judge to evaluate Weier, now 15, after her plea.

Weier made her first appearance in front of a jury of eight men and eight women on Tuesday in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, where her attorney, Joseph Smith, told jurors in court that her parent's divorce caused a depressed that descended her into madness as she latched onto Geyser. She said Weier felt she "needed that time so that she could learn to live in a non-jail environment and that she knew she would need help getting her head straight to do that".

Slender Man, a fictional creature of the internet, is a paranormal being who lurks near forests and absorbs, kills or carries off his victims.

'This was a real being to this child and she needed to protect those around her. "It was a choice and she needs to be held criminally responsible", the Fox News reported.

The prosecutor in the case declined comment, as did the family of the girl who was stabbed. But she also pleaded not guilty due to mental illness or defect, setting up the trial on her mental status.

Maura McMahon, Weier's attorney, said she trusted the case uncovered that kids might be taking care of mental issues lost on grown-ups who have turned out to be excessively occupied with their own particular lives, making it impossible to focus and assets proliferate to help them.

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