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Creepypasta.com  released a statement regarding the stabbing. This a short excerpt from the post. 

I’ve recently been alerted to the horrific events that took place in Wisconsin.

I’ve received both messages of concern and blame, and while it seems that the Creepypasta Wiki is bearing the brunt of media attention and finger-pointing, I feel it’s necessary for me to make a statement.

First and most importantly, my condolences go out to all the families involved. I cannot even imagine how painful and confusing and awful this has to be for them. I don’t have children, but I can imagine how my mother would feel if something like this happened to me, and it absolutely breaks my heart to even consider her having to go through that. The families of the young ladies who committed this crime also have my heart going out to them – I know this can’t be easy for them as well, and I’m sure they’ll have to deal with mistargeted backlash and anger even while they try to get through such a trying time themselves. So when I say that I extend my deepest sympathies and my prayers to those affected, I hope that you understand that I mean it. I know that words can seem hollow or come off as mere lip-service to the cynical, but it’s the truth.

Creepypasta Wiki also addressed the stabbing in a blog posted early Tuesday morning. The post, titled “Fiction, Reality, and You,” calls the stabbing an “isolated incident” that does not “represent or attribute the Creepypasta community as a whole.”

“This wiki does not endorse or advocate for the killing, worship, and otherwise replication of rituals of fictional works. There is a line between fiction and reality, and it is up to you to realize where the line is. We are a literature site, not a crazy satanic cult.”

“For most of you reading this, you’re probably thinking this is a no-brainier that stories here are mere fiction and know that they are just mere fiction. This blog addresses to newcomers and “die-hard believers”, who will otherwise, likely to believe in these stories.”

“Hopefully, the gruesome crime that happened in Wisconsin will not repeat itself again, and our hearts go out to the families affected by this crime.”

UPDATED Tuesday, July 22, 2014 --- 5:25 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- The Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates who thought her death would please a fictional online character, has received a special gift.

The 12-year-old girl is out of the hospital and has been recovering at home. Her family had asked that well-wishers send her purple hearts, reflecting her favorite color and shape. She was inundated with paper hearts from around the country.

Now one anonymous donor has given her the real thing: a military Purple Heart. The medal is awarded to veterans who are wounded or killed in action.

The girl's family said Tuesday the medal came with a card that read, "The only heart I could find! Be strong!"

The girl's family has asked that her name not be revealed.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, July 17, 2014 --- 2:20 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- An attorney for one of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to curry favor with a fictional online character is seeking access to the other girl's mental health records.

One girl, represented by attorney Anthony Cotton, has been found mentally incompetent by two doctors. Prosecutors have been granted a hearing Aug. 1 to challenge that conclusion.

Attorney Joseph Smith Jr. represents the other girl. He filed a motion Tuesday seeking access to the co-defendant's competency-evaluation reports.

Smith says the records aren't related to private patient care that the girl initiated, and thus her confidentiality rights are outweighed by his client's need to have the reports to prepare for further hearings.

The judge in the case will decide on the request. Cotton didn't immediately return a message Thursday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 8, 2014 --- 5:01 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin judge has halted his previous order that one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate undergo an insanity exam.

Prosecutors say the girls were trying to impress a fictional horror character they read about online.

Defense attorney Anthony Cotton represents one of the girls. Doctors for the state and defense told the court his client isn't mentally competent to assist in her own defense.

Last week prosecutors asked that Cotton's client be evaluated to determine whether she was mentally ill at the time of the crime. Judge Michael Bohren agreed, despite Cotton's objection that no plea had yet been entered.

Typically, a mental exam is ordered after someone pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.

Bohren reversed himself Tuesday, canceling his order for a mental exam.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 2, 2014 --- 9:22 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Doctors say one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character is not competent to stand trial.

The doctors' reports have not been made public, but attorneys said Wednesday that a doctor for the state of Wisconsin and a doctor hired by the girl's defense agree that she is not mentally competent.

Prosecutors have asked for further evaluation and a hearing on the matter, and the judge has agreed.

Authorities have said the two girls plotted for months to kill their friend to curry favor with the specter known as Slender Man. A criminal complaint says they lured her to a wooded park west of Milwaukee on May 31 and stabbed her 19 times.

The victim is now recovering at home.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 2, 2014 --- 5:00 a.m.

Two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing and nearly killing a classmate to curry favor with a fictional online character are due back in court Wednesday.

Attorneys are expected to discuss the results of a mental health evaluation done on one of the girls. Defense attorney Anthony Cotton has said he believes his client is mentally ill, and a court commissioner previously agreed to have a state doctor examine her.

Cotton says he also has hired a second doctor to do an evaluation.

A motion for prosecutors to turn over evidence to the other girl's public defender also is on the agenda.

Court documents say the girls plotted for months to kill their friend to please the specter known as Slender Man. The 12-year-old victim has been recovering at home.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 24, 2014 --- 7:45 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- The 12-year-old Waukesha girl who was stabbed last month by two classmates fixated on a fictional horror character has recovered enough to go to the movies with her father.

The girl's family released a statement Tuesday saying she continues to deal with physical and emotional challenges, but she has a "courageous heart." The family has asked that the girl's name not be revealed.

She was stabbed May 31 by two other 12-year-olds. The suspects face hearings in adult court next week.

The victim's family had asked supporters to send the girl purple hearts, reflecting her favorite shape and color. The say she's received thousands from across the nation and world, and the family is overwhelmed by the response.

Supporters have also donated nearly $50,000 to help with medical bills.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 11, 2014 --- 2:19 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A court commissioner has ordered a competency evaluation for one of two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times in a quest to please a spooky fictional character they read about online.

Attorney Anthony Cotton requested the competency hearing for his client in court Wednesday. Cotton says he can't give details about why he questions the girl's competency but has an obligation to raise the issue if he sees signs that spur a question.

A state-appointed doctor will evaluate his client.

The other girl's attorney says he is not raising competency as an issue right now but could later. Attorney Joseph Smith Jr. says now he is seeking information from prosecutors to help prepare for a preliminary hearing.

The girls are due back in court July 2.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 11, 2014 --- 9:30 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing a friend 19 times and leaving her to die in a park in southeastern Wisconsin are due back in adult court.

The girls are scheduled for a status conference in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday. They are charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide and are being held on $500,000 cash bond. The 12-year-old victim survived the May 31 attack by crawling out of some woods to a road where a passing bicyclist found her.

A criminal complaint says the girls had been planning to kill their friend for months and were trying to become "proxies" of Slender Man, a mythological character they learned about on a website about horror stories and legends.

The victim is out of the hospital and is recovering at home.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, June 6, 2014 --- 10:17 p.m.

The parents of the 12-year-old Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times and left for dead have confirmed that their daughter has been discharged from the hospital through the following statement:

"Today, our daughter was released from Waukesha Memorial Hospital into the care of her family and friends. 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. We are especially thankful to everyone who has donated to the Hearts for Healing fund. While we have kept discussions about the events of May 31, 2014 with her short, we did ask how she found the strength to crawl out of the woods. Her response simple: 'I wanted to live.' We now need time to heal and ask that everyone please continue to respect our privacy and distance, and especially her anonymity, at this time."

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UPDATED Thursday, June 5, 2014 --- 9:51 a.m.

The family of the 12-year-old girl who was repeatedly stabbed in a Waukesha park says she's a "fighter" and is improving every day.

A fundraising website set up by the family says the girl has been walking the halls of the hospital with her dad and has been watching TV in her wheelchair. Her parents say they've been trying to limit visitors because she becomes overwhelmed easily. The girl is hospitalized at Waukesha Memorial in fair condition.

The parents expressed appreciation for the love and support from relatives, friends and community. The family is asking for homemade purple hearts with encouraging messages to put up in the girl's room.

Two of her classmates have been charged with trying to kill her by stabbing her 19 times Saturday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 --- 7:41 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- The principal of a Waukesha middle school says the two sixth-graders accused of stabbing a classmate are good students with no prior behavioral issues.

Mark Wegner says there were no warning signs of what was about to happen to the 12-year-old girl. She was stabbed 19 times in a Waukesha park last Saturday.

WISN-TV reports Wegner says all three girls were friends and were "just normal students" who participated in class. The principal says the crime has been difficult for everyone at Horning Middle School to comprehend.

A criminal complaint charging the girls says they were trying to pay tribute to the fictional character Slender Man when they lured the victim into the woods and stabbed her. The complaint says the girls believed the character was real.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Wednesday, June 4, 2014 --- 7:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The man who created Slenderman, a spooky character popularized in online stories, video games and films, says he's "deeply saddened" by reports that his creation inspired two girls to stab another in Wisconsin.

Eric Knudsen published the first Slenderman stories and photos five years ago in an online forum.

Two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls told police they plotted to kill a friend to win Slenderman's favor and planned to go live with him in a national forest. The girls have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide and face 65 years in prison.

The victim remains hospitalized.

In a statement released Wednesday, Knudsen says he's "deeply saddened by the tragedy in Wisconsin and my heart goes out to the families of those affected by this terrible act."

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 4, 2014 --- 2:14 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Waukesha police have good news about the 12-year-old whose friends stabbed her 19 times and nearly killed her over the weekend.

Police Capt. Ron Oremus said Wednesday the girl is on the road to recovery, at least physically. He says she's walking and talking again, and that she's "a fighter" to be recovering so well from such trauma.

Doctors say she was "1 millimeter away from certain death" because one of her stab wounds just missed a major artery near her heart.

Two of her classmates are charged with trying to kill her Saturday. The girls told detectives they conspired for months to kill her in hopes of pleasing Slenderman, a fictional online character.

Oremus says the victim's family is still overwhelmed and asks that their privacy be respected.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 4, 2014 --- 12:57 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- The condition of the 12-year-old girl who suffered 19 stab wounds in a Waukesha park is improving.

The girl is at Waukesha Memorial Hospital where a spokeswoman tells the Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1pFDMlp ) her condition has been upgraded to fair. The girl was gravely injured Saturday and doctors told police she was within "one millimeter away from certain death" because one of her stab wounds narrowly missed a major artery near her heart.

Two of the girl's classmates at Horning Middle School in Waukesha are charged with trying to kill her. The girls told detectives they conspired for months to kill their friend in hopes of pleasing Slenderman, a fictional character they read about on a horror website.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 4, 2014 --- 9:31 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Neighbors of two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a friend nearly to death say they're struggling to reconcile the allegations with what they know about the 12-year-olds and their upbringings.

Fifteen-year-old Emily Edwards of Waukesha baby-sat one of the girls for two years. She said Tuesday that the girl was a normal child who was never mean, aggressive or violent. She says the parents are kind and caring. She said it's hard to believe what the girl is accused of doing.

Carolyn Nelson lives three doors down from the other girl. She says the family is friendly and always willing to lend a hand.

Prosecutors say the two girls stabbed a 12-year-old friend 19 times on Saturday in hopes of currying favor with a fictional character they read about online.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 3, 2014 --- 6:32 p.m.

Two girls behind bars and one in a hospital bed.

In the complaint, 12-year-old's Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser say the plan has been in the works since early this year. Claiming they needed to kill someone to become a proxy to "Slenderman". Weier told police many people don't believe in him, and by killing someone, she could prove the skeptics wrong.

"It's not typical. For a younger kid you might see more blurring between fantasy and reality but by the time a child is 12 those cognitive skills are usually formed," says Child Psychiatrist, Dr. Peggy Scallon.

According to the complaint, the girls plan was to duct tape the victims mouth shut during a slumber party, stab her in the neck and run away to Slenderman's mansion. Weier told police she brought with her granola bars, and a picture of her family, so she wouldn't forget what they looked like.

"Kids can become preoccupied with the content of some of the fantasy online material that they're looking at and it can impair their ability to distinguish fantasy from reality," Scallon says.

In the complaint, Weier says they were in the park when Geyser showed her the knife, telling officers she gave her a wide eyed look and thought "Dear God, this was really happening"

"Kids are susceptible to what their peers think and they look at their peers for cues about what's right and wrong as well so kids conspiring together can sometimes make poorer judgments than they might make on their own."

Dr. Scallon says it's clear that kids can become desensitized to violent material if they're around it often, like the website creepypasta, police say both girls were obsessed with reading stories about Slenderman.

Officer Brandon Lingle says that's the problem with the internet.

"Kids are impatient, they need instant gratification and they don't think a lot past what's happening right now," says Lingle.

He says the internet can be a great tool, but when children have access to it 24/7 there's no way to monitor everything but there are some things you can do.

"Make a curfew time in your house. Have a central place, like the kitchen. Cell phones are not allowed in the bathroom, not allowed in your bedroom," says Lingle.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 3, 2014 --- 4:36 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A defense attorney for a 12-year-old girl accused of stabbing her friend says Wisconsin's tough laws automatically charging children as adults in some cases could mean his client won't get help she needs.

The girl and another 12-year-old face attempted homicide charges as adults in connection with the attack Saturday. Prosecutors say they conspired for months to kill their friend to please a fictional character named Slenderman that they read about online.

In Wisconsin, anyone 10 or older charged with homicide is automatically considered an adult. Four states have the next youngest threshold for children to be automatically considered adults in homicides, at 13.

The girl's attorney says she should be in juvenile court, which offers more social services and mental health treatment than the adult system.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 3, 2014 --- 12:26 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An attorney for a Wisconsin girl accused of plotting to kill a friend to curry favor with a fictional online character says he is concerned about her mental health. He also says he will repeat his request for the court to move her from juvenile detention to a mental health facility.

Anthony Cotton represents one of two 12-year-old girls charged in a stabbing that nearly killed another child.

Cotton said Tuesday that he would meet with his client later in the day, but based on what he knows thus far, he believes she has serious mental health problems and should be in a hospital.

He says a judge rejected his request to move the girl Monday, but he will ask again when she returns to court next week.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- The superintendent of Waukesha schools says the district is reviewing the websites its student can access in light of the recent attack on a middle school student.

Prosecutors say the two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate were influenced by a website of fictional horror stories.

Superintendent Todd Gray says the crime isn't a district issue because it didn't take place on school grounds or during school hours. Gray says technology employees are reviewing similar websites to see if the district should block student access.

Gray says counselors are being made available to students who may want to talk about the crime.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 3, 2014 --- 11:30 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An administrator of a horror website says in an online posting that the stories published on the site are fiction and the site does not endorse the actions of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill one of their classmates.

The site called Creepypasta Wiki contains stories posted by users, including one about Slenderman, a fictional character who stalks children.

According to a court documents, two 12-year-old Waukesha girls charged with stabbing and nearly killing a friend told police that they did it to curry favor with Slenderman.

A site administrator says in a Tuesday post that Creepypasta Wiki does not "does not endorse or advocate for the killing, worship, and otherwise replication of rituals of fictional works."

Attempts to reach site operators by phone and email were unsuccessful.

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 3, 2014 --- 10:38 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A court document says the 12-year-old girl stabbed 19 times in some woods in Waukesha narrowly escaped death.

Doctors at Waukesha Memorial Hospital told police the girl was "one millimeter away from certain death" because one of her stab wounds missed a major artery near her heart by a millimeter.

The document says a surgical team performing laparoscopic surgery on the girl found injuries to her liver, pancreas and stomach.

The hospital declined to update the girl's condition Tuesday. Police said Monday the girl's condition was stable.

Two of the victim's friends, both 12, are charged in adult court with first-degree attempted homicide. They are each being held on $500,000 cash.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 3, 2014 --- 9:50 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls charged with trying to stab their friend to death to please a mythological creature had struggled to decide who should do the deed.

According to a criminal complaint, the girls said they had been planning to kill their 12-year-old friend for months to please Slenderman, a fictional online character.

The complaint said they invited the girl to a sleepover Friday. They planned to tape her mouth shut, stab her in the neck and run away to Slenderman's mansion.

Instead, they attacked the girl in Waukesha on Saturday, handing the knife back and forth between them before one girl held the victim down and the other stabbed her 19 times.

One girl told detectives she regretted it. The other said she was sorry.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 4:06 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death to please a fictional character they learned about online.

Both girls were charged with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court. A court commissioner set bail at $500,000 cash per girl.

The criminal complaint says that one of the girls told a detective they had to kill someone to become proxies of a character called Slender Man they learned about on a horror-story website. The complaint says the girls started planning to kill their friend as early as December.

The three girls had a slumber party Friday. The two stabbed their friend 19 times in a wooded park Saturday.

The girl managed to crawl away and was found by a bicyclist. She is hospitalized.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 3:38 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have charged two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls with attempted first-degree homicide in the stabbing of another 12-year-old girl.

Authorities say the two girls lured the third into a wooded area Saturday, where one of them held her down and the other stabbed her 19 times. The victim survived the attack and is in stable condition.

The girls were charged Monday as adults.

Authorities say the suspects had planned for several months to kill the victim and were interested in a website containing stories of death and horror.

The victim was stabbed in the torso, legs and arms, but was able to crawl to a road, where a bicyclist discovered her.

Police say the suspects were arrested several hours later, and a knife believed to have been used was recovered.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 11:25 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Waukesha police say two 12-year-old girls lured a friend into a wooded area where one girl held her down and the other stabbed the victim 19 times.

The victim, also 12, survived the attack and police say her condition is stable.

Authorities say the two suspects had planned to kill the victim for several months before attacking her Saturday. Police say both suspects had an interest in a website containing stories of death and horror.

The victim was stabbed in the torso, legs and arms, but was able to crawl out of the woods to a road where she was discovered by a passing bicyclist. Authorities say the suspects were arrested several hours later. A knife believed to have been used in the stabbing has been recovered. The two suspects are expected in court Monday afternoon.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 --- 10:57 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Police in southeastern Wisconsin are investigating the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl.

According to Waukesha police, a passerby called police at about 9:50 a.m. Saturday to report a 12-year-old girl had been stabbed. Officers from the police and fire department found the girl and took her to a local hospital, where she was in stable condition Saturday.

The police department says various law enforcement agencies searched some nearby woods for evidence and suspects in the stabbing.

Police say they have two people in custody who are known to the victim.

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