Girl in­volved with stab­bing had de­scended into ‘mad­ness’

Waterloo Region Record - - WORLD -

A Wis­con­sin girl ac­cused of help­ing her friend stab their class­mate nearly to death to please online horror char­ac­ter Slen­der Man was lonely, de­pressed and de­scended into “mad­ness,” her lawyer said Fri­day as she pleaded with a jury to send the girl to a men­tal hos­pi­tal rather than prison. Anissa Weier and Mor­gan Geyser lured class­mate Pay­ton Leut­ner into the woods at a park in Waukesha, a Mil­wau­kee sub­urb, in 2014. Geyser stabbed Leut­ner while Weier urged her on, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors. All three girls were 12 at the time. Both Weier and Geyser told de­tec­tives they felt they had to kill Leut­ner to become Slen­der Man’s “prox­ies,” or ser­vants, and pro­tect their fam­i­lies from the de­mon’s wrath. Weier, now 15, pleaded guilty to at­tempted sec­ond­de­gree in­ten­tional homi­cide in Au­gust. But she claims she was men­tally ill dur­ing the at­tack and not re­spon­si­ble for her ac­tions. De­lib­er­a­tions be­gan Fri­day.

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