iStock/Thinkstock(WAUKESHA, Wis.) — The two Wisconsin 12-year-olds who are charged with allegedly stabbing their friend 19 times after claiming that they did it because of a fictitious character called “Slender Man” are due back in court Wednesday to hear the results of their mental evaluations.
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser have been charged with first-degree attempted murder and face up to 65 years behind bars if convicted of carrying out the May 31 attack in Waukesha.
The 12-year-old victim, who has not been identified because of her age, was said to be close to death but has since been released from the hospital and her parents have released new details about her recovery.
“She continues to amaze us in her ability to persevere and move forward — taking one day at a time,” they said in a statement their family spokesman Stephen Lyons shared with ABC News Wednesday. “Much of our strength comes from knowing that there is so much ‘good’ coming from so many people, and we continue to witness this firsthand from the compassion given to our little girl from around the world.”
The two suspects have been charged as adults in keeping with Wisconsin’s laws that mandate that only those under the age of 10 are given the status of juveniles in murder cases.
Anthony Cotton, the attorney representing Morgan Geyser, told ABC News that he has not yet submitted a reverse waiver petition, which would push to have their status changed.
“State law requires attempted homicide to begin in adult court, but the law permits the judge to order this case into juvenile court if we meet a series of showings,” he said.
“The preliminary hearing won’t take place for at least 30 days, and probably even later than that.”
Cotton said that the results of the competency evaluations have been finalized but he could not speak to their conclusions until after Wednesday’s hearing because the reports are sealed.
This is not the first time that the victim’s family has spoken out following the attack just over a month ago.
They released photos of their daughter — with her face cropped out of the picture — that showed her holding up some of the thousands of ‘get well’ notes she received while recovering in a Waukesha hospital.
The family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help solicit money from supporters to cover the medical expenses to treat the 19 stabbing wounds their daughter sustained in the attack, which was reportedly carried out by the alleged suspects in an effort to win the favor of a Slenderman.
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