Slender Man Verdict: Teen Girl Avoids Prison Time for Stabbing

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A "deluded" schoolgirl helped a friend stab their classmate 19 times so the fictional Slender Man character would not slaughter her family, a court heard.

Prosecutors say Anissa Weier was 12 when she lured a classmate into the woods and stabbed her 19-times.

After nearly three more hours the jury emerged with the verdict which, per Weier's plea agreement means she will be placed in a mental institution until at least 2020, WDJT reported.

Geyser has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease to being a party to first-degree attempted intentional homicide.

Leutner became so concerned about the stories Geyser was telling her that she asked her mother if they were real, Waukesha Police Detective Shelly Fisher said.

Prosecutors contend Weier knew what she was doing was wrong, but that she went along with the plot to preserve her friendship with Geyser. The girls felt that they were Slender Man's "proxies", and had to stab their classmate on behalf of Slender Man so that the character wouldn't hurt their own families. According to the claim, she was mentally sick at the time of stab attack and she was not responsible for stabbing her classmate. Each of the three young ladies were 12-years of age at the time.

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

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"This was a delusion strong enough to kill for", defense lawyer Maura Ann McMahon said in her closing argument.

Slender Man, a fictional creature of the internet, is a paranormal being who lurks near forests and absorbs, kills or carries off his victims. Westendorf testified at Weier's mental capacity trial that she believes Weier suffered from a shared delusional disorder that left her unable to conform her conduct to the law when she and Morgan Geyser tried to kill their friend, Payton Leutner, in 2014.

Van Rybroek examined Weier past year.

But she said she was not responsible for her actions on grounds of insanity.

For the first time, a detective Wednesday shared the victim's account of what happened the day two Waukesha girls stabbed their friend almost to death. Geyser, who did the actual stabbing, is scheduled to go on trial next month.

While Weier was dealing with her parents' divorce, teachers began noticing symptoms of depression, he said.

During the trial, a psychologist testified that Weier developed a condition called shared delusional disorder, in which she came to share Geyser's delusion that Slenderman was real, CNN affiliate WISN reported. She found guilty to attempted the second-degree intentional homicide.

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