A teenage girl in Wisconsin who claimed the fictional “Slender Man” forced her to attack a fellow classmate has been committed to a mental asylum for 40 years.
Morgan Geyser was 12 when she and a friend tried to kill sixth-grade classmate Payton Leutner. The girls later told police that the fictional boogeyman “Slender Man” ordered the murder, or he would kill them and their families if they didn't carry out the crime.
As part of the sentence, Geyser, now 15, will continue to receive treatment for her schizophrenia at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, where she is housed solely with adults who have committed crimes.
Within weeks of her arrest, she was diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia, and transferred to Winnebago, where she has already spent more than a year, after she was committed for mental health treatment by a different judge in a separate civil proceeding.
Geyser and her friend, Anissa Weir, stabbed Leutner 19 times and left her for dead in the woods. She was able to crawl out and was rescued by a passerby.
Forty years is the maximum term allowed for Geyser's main offense — attempted first-degree intentional homicide, as party to a crime. But she could find herself in more comfortable surroundings in as soon as six months.
That’s when she can petition to get out of the institution and transferred to a less restrictive setting.
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