Hosp, not jail, for Slen­der Man stab

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A WIS­CON­SIN girl who ad­mit­ted to par­tic­i­pat­ing in the stab­bing of a class­mate to please horror char­ac­ter Slen­der Man will avoid prison af­ter a jury de­ter­mined she was men­tally ill at the time of the at­tack.

Anissa Weier trem­bled as the jury’s ver­dict late Fri­day was read af­ter a week of tes­ti­mony and some 11 hours of de­lib­er­a­tions.

Weier and Mor­gan Geyser lured class­mate Pay­ton Leut­ner into the woods at a park in a Mil­wau­kee sub­urb in 2014. Geyser stabbed Leut­ner 19 times while Weier urged her on, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Leut­ner barely sur­vived her wounds. 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” and pro­tect their fam­i­lies from the de­mon’s wrath.

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