Anissa Weier, who took part in the stabbing of a classmate to please the internet character Slender Man, was determined mentally ill by a jury on September 15, according to the Associated Press.
Maura McMahon, Weier’s mother, said, “I’m very thankful to the jurors for taking the time to look at what was really going on with her.”
In 2014, Weier and Morgan Geyser drew fellow classmate Payton Leutner into a wooded area at a nearby park in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha. Investigators said that Luetner was stabbed 19 times by Geyser as Weier coaxed her. Leutner was found by a passerby and barely survived.
According to detectives, Geyser and Weier claimed that they had to kill Leutner in order to protect their family from the wrath of Slender Man.
In an effort to avoid 10 years in prison, Weier made a deal with the prosecutors and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of attempted second-degree homicide, but says she was mentally ill at the time.
“This sounds crazy, because it is,” McMahon said. “This was a real being to this child and she needed to protect those around her. At 12 years old, she had no way to protect herself from (Slender Man) except for Morgan’s advice and they swirled down into madness together.”
Slender Man is a fictional creature from the internet that lives in the forests and kills people, including children.