Waukesha, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Two 12–year–old Wisconsin middle school students are being charged as adults and facing charges of attempted first–degree intentional homicide.
The two girls appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in front of Commissioner Lau, where their future hearing was set for July 2. The girls remain in custody.
Police say months ago the suspects started plotting to try and kill their 12–year–old friend.
In the criminal complaint, police say the girls described wanting to kill their friend to prove themselves to Slenderman – a fictional character – hoping to join him at his hideout in northern Wisconsin.
Prosecutors say in late May the two juveniles lured the victim into David's Park in southeast Wisconsin after a sleep over.
According to police, one of the 12–year–old suspects carried a knife in her waistband; they pretended to play hide and seek with the victim and then tackled her, followed by brutally stabbing her.
The two middle schoolers are accused of holding the girl down and stabbing her 19 times and leaving her for dead.
The victim survived the attack by crawling out of the woods, where a passerby spotted her. She has since been released from the hospital. Doctors say the stabbings missed an artery by just one millimeter.
The middle schoolers are each being held on $500,000 cash bond. A court commissioner granted a request for a mental evaluation for one girl and ordered the doctors report kept secret. The attorney for the second girl said that he could raise the issue of competency later.
Wisconsin law requires prosecutors to charge children 10 and older as adults in severe cases. If convicted, the girls could each face up to 65 years in prison.