posted June 2, 2014
WAUKESHA, WI — Two 12-year-old girls plotted to kill a classmate, luring her to a weekend birthday-party sleepover and then a wooded park where one they stabbed her repeatedly, according to authorities.
One child held the victim to the ground while the other plunged the knife into her chest, arms and legs, according to police. The victim, also 12, crawled to a nearby road in Waukesha, WI, where a passing bicyclist found her Saturday morning.
Stabbed 19 times, the child underwent surgery at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and she clings desperately to life.
On Monday, the girls appeared in court and a judge set bail at $500,000 for each girl. Both are charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and will be tried as adults.
The girls were identified in open court and the criminal complaint as Morgan E. Geyser, whose birthday was May 30, and Anissa E. Weier, reports JSOnline.com.
The accused girls plotted the crime for months, according to police.
"As the details became more apparent, it's extremely disturbing as a parent and as a chief of police, especially with the age of the suspects and being female," Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "This is a very disturbing investigation."
A sheriff's deputy picked up the girls on Saturday afternoon, around 2:30 p.m., as they walked alongside Interstate 94. "Obvious evidence" of a crime was in view as police approached the girls, the chief said, and a knife was found.
Police marked off an area near Big Bend Road and Rivera Drive and collected evidence.
Jack said the children were motivated by a website featuring stories about death and horror.
"The Internet can be full of dark and wicked things. Unmonitored and unrestricted access to the Internet by children is a growing and alarming problem," the chief said Monday, declining to identify the website or the story.
JSOnline.com identified the site as "Creepypasta Wiki," citing the criminal complaint. The website features user submissions of horror-genre fiction.
The girls were particularly fascinated with the story of Slenderman, a killer of children. According to the criminal complaint, the girls planned to kill their friend so they could be "proxies of Slenderman."
Geyser's family wept openly in the courtroom as the child appeared for her bail hearing Monday.
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