Jury accepts Anissa Weier's insanity plea in 'Slender Man' stabbing

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'I'm very thankful to the jurors for taking the time to look at what was really going on with her, ' Weier's attorney Maura McMahon said.

"She would have an uphill road", McMahon said.

The jurors had to decide whether Anissa Weier was mentally ill when she and Morgan Geyser stabbed a classmate, Payton Leutner, 19 times in May 2014 in order to win the favor of the fictional character Slender Man.

She was found crawling from woods by a cyclist near the city of Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee.

A psychologist has testified that a 12-year-old girl suffered from a shared delusion with a friend that led to the stabbing of another girl in a Wisconsin park in 2014.

The prosecutor said Weier and co-defendant Morgan Geyser knew what they were doing was wrong.

Weier, now 15, pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide.

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An attorney for a Wisconsin teenager who was found by a jury to have been mentally ill in the stabbing of a classmate says the teen was relieved by the verdict. A supplication understanding required her to put in no less than three years in a mental doctor's facility if judged rationally sick, and 10 years in jail if not.

McMahon said she hopes the case reveals that children may be dealing with mental health issues lost on adults who have become too busy with their own lives to pay attention and resources abound to help them.

Leutner became so concerned about the stories that she asked her mother if they were real, according to Waukesha Police Detective Shelly Fisher. "This wasn't a kill or be killed", Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Ted Szczupakiewicz said. Leutner's family left the court peacefully; a casualty witness facilitator told journalists the family had no remark. They watch about 20 minutes of it and then resumed deliberations.

Weier's plea agreement calls for her to spend at least three years in a Psychiatric Hospital, but a judge can increase the sentence pending an investigation. "She knew the difference between right and wrong, but even so she could not stop herself at the moment it mattered most", he said.

Van Rybroek's testimony matched that of another psychologist who testified Weier and Geyser had a shared delusion about Slender Man. Weier believed Slender Man could read her mind as well as teleport and would kill her or her family if she talked about him, she said.

Slender Man first appeared on the internet in 2009.

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