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'We Were Trying To Kill Her': Girl, 12, Admits After Brutally Stabbing Classmate

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Jan. 31 2018, Updated 5:39 p.m. ET

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A 12-year-old attempted killer admitted to trying to murder her classmate by stabbing in 2014. Four years later, she could be facing 40 years behind bars.

"What were you trying to do with her when you stabbed her?" a police officer asked Morgan Geyser, minutes after she was arrested for her crime, along with her accomplice, Anissa Weier, 12.

"Kill her," the young girl replied of classmate Payton Leutner. "I might as well just say it. We were trying to kill her."

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According to PEOPLE, the girls lured their classmate to a wooded area after school. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times as Weier urged her on. They were both arrested after an eyewitness called 911. Leutner was immediately taken to get medical treatment, underwent a six-hour surgery, and barely made it out alive.

ABC obtained the chilling video confession of the young girl, and shared a teaser of its 20/20 show, which focuses on the troubling case.

Hearing the attempted murderer's words, Morgan Geyser's heartbroken mother told her interviewers, in the clip, that it was simply "not her daughter." She added that it scared her to realize that Geyser appeared to have "no remorse for what's happened and she just talks about it in such a flat manner."

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Explaining their crime to the police, the underage girl said they were simply trying to please the fictional internet horror character "Slenderman" by killing Leutner as tribute. They were also trying to protect themselves and their families from him.

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After being questioned by police, both underage girls pleaded guilty to their roles in the nearly-fatal attack.

Following the stabbing, a judge found Weier not criminally responsible, since she was reportedly mentally ill at the time. She was sent to a psychiatric institution and instructed to remain there for 25 years.

While Morgan Geyser's family claimed she too, was mentally ill and diagnosed with schizophrenia, the young schoolgirl was found criminally responsible for her attempted killing and is expected to receive her final sentencing later this week. According to the publication, prosecutors are seeking 40 years for the young attempted murderer.

Payton Leutner's mother said that while she is not happy with the outcome of the case and treatment of the underage criminals, she has accepted that the law is not fair.

Anissa Weier's mother then told PEOPLE that the families and authorities may never know the real reason for the brutal 2014 stabbing. "The only person that knows why they did this is 12-year-old Anissa and 12-year-old Morgan," she said. "Those children, basically, don't exist anymore."

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