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Girl, 12, not competent for trial in stabbing

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 […]

Girl, 12, not competent for trial in stabbing

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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Written by Colin Jeffery