2nd expert says teen in Slender Man stabbing was delusional

Nettie James
September 17, 2017

Leutner managed to crawl out of the park before being spotted by a passing cyclist.

"Anissa was under the command and control of a delusional disorder".

The psychologists viewed video of Weier's confession after the crime. He could sentence her more seriously than the supplication understanding calls for, including up to a 25-year responsibility, the same as the most extreme jail time she could have gotten.

The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character. Although Weier did not physically stab Leutner, in her mind she knew it had to be done, Smith told jurors.

Melissa Westendorf was appointed by a judge to evaluate one of the girls, Anissa Weier, now 15, after her insanity plea. McMahon said Weier had agreed that she will not petition for release from a mental health institution for at least three years.

The Journal Sentinel reports Westendorf acknowledged under cross-examination that the condition is rare among two children who are friends.

"At the moment of this bad tragic event, that she was confused and convinced that something real was going on with this very odd character called Slender Man", he said. Weier and Geyer felt like they had to kill classmate Leutner.

"First of all, she was 12", Westendorf said, adding that the teen was influenced by a website focused on imaginary killers. "If adults have trouble distinguishing fake news, 12-year-olds will, because their brains can't yet discern or analyze as well". Her trial is scheduled for October.

Both girls have pleaded not guilty on grounds of mental illness.

Geyser, who did the stabbing, will go on trial next month.

The girls told investigators they stabbed her to impress Slenderman, a tall, creepy fictional bogeyman they insisted was real, the complaint said. They lured Leutner into the woods where Weier urged Geyer to stab Leutner, Geyer mercilessly and repeatedly stabbed Leutner, she stabbed her total nineteen times, according to the investigation.

Anissa Weier trembled as the jury's verdict was read after a week of testimony and some 11 hours of deliberations.

Both Weier and Geyser were originally charged with being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Maura McMahon, Weier's attorney, said she trusted the case uncovered that kids might be taking care of mental issues lost on grown-ups who have turned out to be excessively occupied with their own particular lives, making it impossible to focus and assets proliferate to help them.

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