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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Girl (12) not fit to stand trial for stabbing classmate

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Amy O'Neill

ONE of two 12-year-old girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is mentally incompetent and can't stand trial, a judge said.

The judge also ordered that she be committed for treatment. She will be evaluated and treated either in a hospital or in a juvenile detention centre, where she is currently being held. Doctors have a year to restore her to competency in order to proceed with a trial. If it cannot be restored, she could be held in a treatment centre.

Judge Michael Bohren acted after receiving reports from two doctors and attorneys.

The girl's attorney previously said he believed she was mentally ill and a primary goal would be to have her case moved from adult to juvenile court, where more mental health and other services might be available.

Wisconsin law requires anyone age 10 or older to be charged as adults in severe crimes. According to court documents, the girls plotted for months to kill their friend - who survived the attack - to curry favor with Slender Man, a character in horror stories they read online.

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