Psychologist testifies girl accused of stabbing classmate better off in juvenile court

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WAUKESHA, Wisconsin — A forensic psychologist says a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl accused of stabbing a classmate to please a mythical horror character would be better off in the juvenile justice system where potential treatment would be more suited to her needs.

A judge in Waukesha County Circuit Court is to determine whether the girl should remain in adult court or be transferred to the juvenile system.

She and a 12-year-old friend are accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times to gain favor with Slender Man, a fictitious character they believed could kill them or their families. Payton Leutner survived the attack at a Waukesha park last May.

Dr. Michael Caldwell testified Wednesday the 13-year-old is at "remarkably low risk for any kind of violence" and would be better off in the juvenile system.

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