A 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who was reportedly stabbed by two classmates in the woods as a tribute to a figure known as the ‘Slender Man’ was released from the hospital on Friday – and said she survived the attack because of her will to live.
Her parents said in a statement ‘While we have kept discussions about the events of May 31, 2014 with her short, we did ask how she found the strength to crawl out of the woods.
‘Her response was simple: “I wanted to live.”‘
Her parents said she was released from Waukesha Memorial Hospital and that ‘she is excited to be out of the hospital, see her pets, and continue along the road to recovery.’
‘Our family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support and love from not only the local community, but from around the nation, and the world,’ they said.
The two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing her to honor Slender Man created code words so they could plan their crime on the school bus.
When Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier discussed the attack they would use the word, ‘cracker’ to describe a knife or killing.
They believed the character they were trying to impress, Slender Man, lived in a mansion in the Nicolet National Park in northern Wisconsin.
The girls planned to run away to live with the figure after the attack and they talked about their escape as a ‘camping trip’.
When talking to police, Geyser referred to the attack simply as, ‘Stabby, stab, stab’.
A police document compiled soon after Saturday’s stabbing in Waukesha, Wisconsin, revealed details of the level of planning that went into the assault.
The official complaint reads, ‘… Weier talked about the planning stages of the incident and said every now and then she and Geyser would whisper about the plan to kill (the victim) when they were on the bus.
‘She stated they talked about living in the woods and what they would need to defeat animals.
‘They also discussed but whispered about killing (the victim) because they didn’t want people to hear them because they would go to prison if they ever found out.
‘They often used code words and stated cracker meant knife or it meant killing and camping trip mean the Nicolet National Park.’
Referring to Geyser’s police interview, the report reads: ‘Geyser stated after they were at the bathroom they went by some trees by the dead end and then, ‘stabby, stab, stab.’
After the two girls carried out the attack in woodland just a few hundred yards from their family homes, they reportedly left their 12-year-old victim to die.
She managed to crawl onto a residential street, where she was found by a passing cyclist who called the authorities. The police complaint states that she was, ‘one millimeter away from certain death.’
The family of the victim have said that they want their daughter to remain anonymous.They have established a fundraising page on GoFundMe.com called Hearts for Healing.
Prior to her hospital release, they wrote: ‘As parents of this little girl, we are overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we’ve been receiving from our family, friends and community.
‘Our little girl is a fighter and is making strides of improvement each and every day. We appreciate your patience, love and support as we too are stunned and saddened by this tragedy.
‘She has been able to walk the halls of the hospital with her Dad. No machine, no tubes, just she and her Dad. She has been out of bed watching TV in her wheelchair as well.
‘She seems to like sitting in her wheelchair as opposed to the lying in bed. She still gets a little ill when she eats so we’re taking that slowly.
‘She also gets overwhelmed very easily, so we’re going to try to limit visitors and allow her to have a little alone time.
‘We thank you for keeping our family in your prayers during this difficult time.
‘We will do our best to keep you apprised of updates on her progress.
‘As our daughter is so young, we ask that you honor her anonymity and our family’s privacy as we continue to heal and find our strength.’