Two 12-year-old US girls, charged as adults and facing up to 65 years jail time for trying to stab a friend to death, were inspired by a fictional character, local media reports say.
The two pre-teens, fans of a horror story website, had planned the attack months earlier to please Slenderman, a fictional villain featured on the CreepyPasta site, according to Fox 6 Now.
The girls wanted to become “proxies” for Slenderman, according to the news site, citing court papers.
According to the indictment, posted by to the site, one of the two girls said they wanted to kill someone to show their devotion to Slenderman.
Their victim, a fellow 12-year-old girl, was invited to stay over at the home of one of the accused on Saturday in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
She was lured into the woods and stabbed 19 times – with one cut landing just beside an artery – before being abandoned.
A bicyclist found her and helped her get to the hospital, where she was in stable condition on Tuesday.
During a press conference on Monday, the Waukesha police chief alerted parents to the dangers of the internet.
“This should be a wake up call for parents. Parents are strongly encouraged to restrict and monitor their children’s internet usage,” Chief Russell Jack said.
The two suspects, who are being held in a Wisconsin jail, are set to have their next court appearance on June 11.