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Shocking: Schoolgirl Helps Her Friend Stab Her Classmate 19 Times
Two girls accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times believed they had to or a fantasy horror character called Slender Man could kill their families, a United States court has heard.
Anissa Weier told investigators that she and co-defendant Morgan Geyser believed they had to kill their victim in "dedication" to Slender Man, a fictional horror website character.
McMahon said Weier will spend at least three years at a mental hospital before petition for her release. Her trial is set to begin on October 9.
Jurors are having to decide whether Weier was mentally ill at the time of the attack at a park in the city of Waukesha, when all three girls were aged 12.
A psychologist testified during the trial, which started Monday, that Weier was suffering from shared delusional disorder.
The girls felt that they were Slender Man's "proxies", and had to stab their classmate on behalf of Slender Man so that the character wouldn't hurt their own families. Weier's attorneys are trying to convince jurors she was mentally ill during the attack and should be committed to an institution rather than prison.
But she claims she was mentally ill during the attack and not responsible for her actions.
Despite being severely injured, Payton, then 12, survived and crawled out of the woods in Wisconsin, US, where she was found by a cyclist with wounds to her chest, stomach and arms.
"This sounds insane, because it is", McMahon said. Van Rybroek is the second court-appointed expert to evaluate Weier's insanity plea.
The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character.
He said: "They have really good accelerators but not very good brakes". She believed he would hurt her and her family if she didn't help commit murder.
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. At 12 years old, she had no way to protect herself from (Slender Man) except for Morgan's advice and they swirled down into madness together'.
"I believed that if I didn't go through with it, Slender Man would come and attack and kill myself, my friends and my family", she told the court last month. That caused her to share in Geyser's belief that Slender Man was real.
Both Weier and Geyser were charged with being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Weier pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide due to mental illness as part of a plea agreement in August.
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