Wisconsin girl stabbed in 'Slenderman'
case leaves hospital
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[June 07, 2014]
(Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl stabbed
19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two 12-year-old
classmates to win favor with a fictional Internet character known as
Slenderman, was released from the hospital on Friday, her family said in
The 12-year-old girl, whose name has not been released to protect
her privacy, had been recovering at a hospital in Waukesha,
Wisconsin, after the attack last Saturday morning.
"She is excited to be out of the hospital, see her pets, and
continue along the road to recovery. Our family is extremely
grateful for the outpouring of support and love from not only the
local community, but from around the nation, and the world," the
A criminal complaint alleged that two girls, charged as adults with
attempted murder in the stabbing, said they hoped killing their
classmate would please the shadowy, blank-faced Slenderman.
Following a sleepover the previous night, the girls led the victim
into a wooded area nearby, then stabbed her, the complaint said. The
two had been crafting the plan for months, according to court
Doctors treating the victim said she had wounds to her liver,
pancreas and stomach. The knife missed a major artery by the heart
by only a millimeter, the criminal complaint said.
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The victim's family said it had kept discussion about the attack to
a minimum, but the girl when asked how she was able to crawl out of
the woods, answered: "I wanted to live."
The family has raised over $33,000 on a fundraising website to help
cover the costs of medical treatment.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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