Criminal Justice

Girl, 12, charged in 'Slender Man' attempted-murder case is incompetent, doctors agree

One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as adults with stabbing a 12-year-old friend 19 times after a sleepover is incompetent to stand trial, doctors for both the government and the defense agree.

They will now evaluate her mental condition at the time of the crime, setting the stage for a possible insanity plea, the Associated Press reports.

The two girls are charged as adults with attempted murder. Police said they told authorities they wanted to please a fictional horror character known as Slender Man. The victimized girl survived and is recovering.

Joseph Smith Jr. represents the other 12-year-old girl. He said her mental condition will also be at issue in the case, the AP reports.

See also: “2 girls, 12, face first-degree murder-attempt case; police say they hoped to please horror character” “Lawyers for girls, 12, charged in murder-attempt case seek transfer to juvenile court”

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