One girl reaches plea deal in Slen­der Man stab­bing case

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

WAUKE­SHA, WIS. » The sec­ond of two Wisconsin girls charged with re­peat­edly stab­bing a class­mate to impress hor­ror char­ac­ter Slen­der Man will plead guilty in a deal that will send her to a state men­tal hos­pi­tal and bring an end a case that shocked peo­ple in part be­cause the at­tack­ers were only 12.

The deal, an­nounced in court Fri­day, means both girls will avoid prison time for the at­tack on Pay­ton Leut­ner, who was also 12. Mor­gan Geyser, now 15, will be treated in­def­i­nitely at a men­tal hos­pi­tal. Her co-de­fen­dant, Anissa Weier, faces at least three years in a men­tal hos­pi­tal.

Weier and Geyser lured Pay­ton Leut­ner, who was also 12, into the woods at a park in Wauke­sha, a Mil­wau­kee sub­urb. Geyser stabbed Leut­ner 19 times while Weier urged her on, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Leut­ner sur­vived after she crawled out of the woods to a path where a pass­ing bi­cy­clist found her.

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