Girls, 12, Charged In Attack On Friend Expressed Regret, Police Say

WAUKESHA, Wis. (June 2, 2014) Two 12-year-old girls in Waukesha, Wis., who are charged in an attack in which a friend was stabbed repeatedly to please a mythological creature, struggled to decide who should carry out the murder attempt, police say.

According to a criminal complaint, the girls said they had been planning to kill their 12-year-old friend for months to please Slenderman, a fictional online character.

The complaint said they invited the girl to a sleepover Friday and originally planned to tape her mouth shut, stab her in the neck and then run away to Slenderman's mansion.

Instead, they attacked the girl in Waukesha on Saturday, handing the knife back and forth between them before one girl held the victim down and the other stabbed her 19 times.

One girl told detectives she regretted it and the other said she was sorry, authorities said.

Anthony Cotton represents one of two 12-year-old girls charged in a stabbing that nearly killed another child.

Cotton said Tuesday he would meet with his client later in the day, but based on what he knows thus far, he said he thinks she has serious mental health problems and should be in a hospital.

He says a judge rejected his request to move the girl Monday, but he will ask again when she returns to court next week.

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