Doctors Judge Girl's Sanity in 'Slender Man' Stabbing
Morgan Geyser isn't legally competent to stand trial, they say
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
A drawing of Slender Man.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – The prospect of an insanity plea loomed over a hearing in Wisconsin today for two girls accused in the "Slender Man" stabbing of a classmate, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Two doctors (one for the defense, one prosecution) said that one of the 12-year-old girls, Morgan Geyser, isn't legally competent to stand trial. The judge then approved a request for another examination, of Geyser's mental health at the time of the attack—a possible basis for a not-guilty plea—and a competency hearing on August 1 to consider the issue, the AP reports.

Geyser's attorney objected, saying his client hasn't entered a plea and there's no probable cause to go to trial yet. But if the judge deems Geyser mentally incompetent, she can't be tried, convicted, or sentenced in Wisconsin (unless she regains competence). Insanity is hardly a surprise issue in the case, considering that prosecutors say the girls attacked their classmate to gain approval from a mythical Internet figure known as "Slender Man." The victim, meanwhile, is recovering at home from 19 stab wounds. "She continues to amaze us in her ability to persevere and move forward—taking one day at a time," her family said in a statement.

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Lou Bernardo
Jul 3, 2014 4:19 PM CDT
If she isn't competent then give her a lobotomy and lock her away in a funny farm.
Jul 3, 2014 3:42 PM CDT
You can argue that any kid who stabs another child has mental problems, but if the court is going down that road then she needs to placed in a mental hospital. obviously the parents are not equipped to deal with her.
Jul 3, 2014 8:35 AM CDT
Wish they would get rid of the Slender Man part. I have seen the game and it has no weapons or stabbings or anything. Its good for tension and jump scare that's it.