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Girl, 15, sentenced to 40 years in mental hospital

A teenage girl will spend 40 years in a mental hospital after stabbing a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man.

Morgan Geyser, 15, has been sentenced to the maximum term in a mental health facility after a judge ruled she still poses a risk to herself and others.

At her sentencing, Geyser broke down in tears and said: “I just want to let Bella [the victim’s nickname] and her family know that I’m sorry.”

Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their classmate Payton Leutner into a park in Milwaukee and stabbed her 19 times.

Morgan Geyser
Geyser broke down in tears at her sentencing

All three girls were 12 at the time. Payton survived the attack, crawling out of the park and getting help from a cyclist.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Bohran said: “What we can’t forget is that this was attempted murder.”

Geyser had pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted intentional homocide in October last year to avoid jail.

Experts had given different assessments of Geyser’s current mental health, with one suggesting she should still be treated in a mental health facility, while others suggested she was not exhibiting psychotic symptoms anymore.

Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their classmate into a park

One doctor said Geyser had been hearing voices from a person called Maggie as recently as September.

Two doctors suggested she could move to a less restrictive facility with more patients her own age.

Weier was sentenced to 25 years in a mental health hospital in December last year.

She had pleaded guilty to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homocide, but claimed she wasn’t responsible because she is mentally ill.

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