Slender Man stabbing suspect ruled mentally incompetent

By Kris Schuller |

Published 08/01 2014 09:09PM

Updated 08/01 2014 09:16PM

WAUKESHA, Wis. (WFRV) One of the two, 12-year-old suspects in the Slender Man stabbing case in Waukesha, isn't ready to stand trial. A judge made that ruling today after hearing testimony from two experts in Waukesha County court, regarding the young girl's state of mind.

Both suspects were in court Friday morning, but the focus was clearly the mental health of one of the girls.  The two are charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide for the brutal stabbing of another girl near a Waukesha park in May.

The suspects told police they stabbed her to please a fictional internet character called Slender Man.

Friday experts testified the girl claims to see and hear things, including unicorns and Slender Man, and can control minds. They do not think she is competent.

"Despite our very serious conversations she would laugh hysterically almost in absence of anything that would potentially be relevant or give context in why she would laugh in that matter," said Dr. Brooke Lundbohm of the Wisconsin Forensic Unit.

"I think we're going to have a pretty good picture in the next 90 days what the issues are and what the psychiatric functioning is -  so I think we'll have those answers relatively quickly," Defense Attorney Anthony Cotton.

Staff members where she is being held say the girl talks to herself and laughs while alone in her cell.

The judge gave doctors up to one year to restore her competency to allow here to go to trial. A progress report has been set for November.

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