Family: Wisconsin stabbing victim out of hospital
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:38:36 GMT —
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- The parents of a 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who survived being stabbed 19 times and left for dead say she has been released from the hospital.
A spokeswoman for the girl's family issued a statement Friday night, saying the girl was released from Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
The statement says the girl is "excited to be out of the hospital, see her pets and continue along the road to recovery."
Police say the girl was repeatedly stabbed by two classmates trying to please Slender Man, a fictional character they found on a horror website. The two girls have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide.
In more than 20 states, kids as young as 10 are often charged as adults automatically, using laws intended to crack down on gangs and guns. But the practice has been widely questioned by juvenile-crime experts, who say that research shows many young offenders pose no long-term threats to society.
Emily Keller is an attorney with the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. She says adolescent development has indicated that even expert psychologists can't differentiate between kids who are going to become repeat offenders and those who are likely to outgrow their behaviors.
The author of Wisconsin's law stands by it.
Doctors previously told police the victim was lucky to be alive because the knife just missed a major artery near her heart.