The family of the victim, Payton Leutner has submitted a letter to the judge ahead of sentencing. The case drew widespread attention in part because of the girls' fascination with the Slender Man character. "Anissa told me to lie on the ground and cover myself in sticks and leaves and stuff to hide, in a sense," Leutner told Muir. Log In. Her arms and her legs and her abdomen, they were covered in stab wounds," Stacie Leutner told ABC News in 2014. Five years after her friends tried killing her in the name of the fictional character "Slender Man," Payton Leutner said she is ready to put the incident behind her and move on. Payton Leutner was repeatedly stabbed in a park and left for dead in 2014 during a sleepover Credit: Handout. "She has friends, but initially, even with those friends, she kept them at arm's length," Stacie Leutner said. (MORE: Investigators in 'Slender Man' case discuss chilling interviews with 12-year-old attempted murderers), (MORE: Who Is Slender Man? Geyser was ordered to spend 40 years in a mental health institution because she was the mastermind and did the stabbing, prosecutors said. Weier was committed to a mental health facility for 25 years. So I woke up and I went down with them. Not Now. "It was a little shocking to me to see that they had this big, huge plan that they had been working on for months," Leutner said. Payton Leutner was 12 years old when two friends of the same age stabbed her 19 times. Geyser pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide in a deal with prosecutors to avoid prison. “The court of appeals dodged serious issues in the case and admittedly struggled with some of the areas of law.”. Payton Leutner, “Slender Man” stabbing survivor, speaking out five years after the attack. "I would probably, initially thank her," Leutner said to Muir. Weier and Geyser each were sentenced to up to 25 years and up to 40 years, respectively, in a mental health institution. All three girls were 12 at the time. Stacie Leutner also said she has thought about the mother and father on the other side of the shattered friendship. Payton Leutner even surprised herself when responding to the question of what she would like Geyser to know, she said. We had doughnuts [and] went to the park.". The Leutner family is very private and still shaken by what happened more than 3 years ago. she said. # ABC2020 https://abcn.ws/2N86Din She said she now wants people to know that she is doing well and that her hope for moving forward is to "put everything behind me and live my life normally. Geyser’s attorney Matthew Pinix had argued that she should have been charged with attempted second-degree intentional homicide, which would have placed the case in juvenile court. "Adult crime is adult court," Leutner said. In the woods, as they prepared to start what Leutner thought would be a game of hide-and-seek, Weier told Leutner to lay down. "They had already gone, woken up and gone downstairs on the computer. She said she was relieved to hear that police had captured both Geyser and Weier as she struggled with the pain from the attack and surgery. Payton Leutner is speaking out for the first time about surviving a stabbing attack in the woods. But because she was with friends and it was her birthday party, her mother had let the three girls go on their own, Leutner said. ... For a long time I thought that they were maybe just in denial and ignoring her symptoms," Stacie Leutner said. or. "I told [Geyser] that it scared me and that I didn't like it," Leutner said. Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on, according to investigators. "It's just a part of me. Police and EMT workers arrived. Leutner's focus, she said, faded in and out while in the ambulance. "I saw the change from fifth to sixth grade when she met Anissa," she said. Then, "everything went downhill," she said. Married police chief exposed on city's Facebook for having two mistresses. Stacie Leutner acknowledged her own reservations about Geyser potentially petitioning for release soon. "I said, 'You're gonna be OK. In 2014, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their best friend, Payton Leutner, into the woods in Wisconsin and attacked her. "She was funny, I will give you that," Leutner said. To the many people who supported Leutner and sent her well-wishes through the years, she said she is "very grateful for all of the love and support." Police said they couldn't believe what they had heard. Leutner said that it was Geyser's idea in the morning to go to the park and that normally Geyser wouldn't have been allowed to go without an adult. They would have sleepovers together, play outside and draw -- "all the things that kids do," Leutner said. "Parents need to talk to their kids directly, saying, 'This is not real. "But she really liked it and thought it was real.". The other had nearly penetrated her heart and missed a major artery by less than a millimeter. At the hospital, she told Muir, she remembers seeing her mother as nurses counted her wounds. "And I didn't think much of it. The victim crawled to a road where she was found, and recovered after six days in the hospital. Payton Leutner has come to accept all the scars she has on her body. She was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. But you tried to kill somebody. Why didn't I notice something was weird? "Payton was such an empathetic kid," her mother, Stacie Leutner, told ABC News in a new interview. Morgan Geyser is led into the courtroom, Dec.12, 2016, for a hearing on motions in the so called Slenderman stabbing case at Waukesha County Courthouse in Waukesha, Wis. Anissa Weier listens during jury selection in her trial at Waukesha County Courthouse, Sept 11, 2017, in Waukesha, Wis. Morgan Geyser is led into the courtroom at Waukesha County Court, Aug. 19, 2016 in Waukesha, Wis. Anissa Weier is escorted into the courtroom for a hearing at Waukesha County Circuit Court, Dec. 22, 2016, in Waukesha, Wis. Payton Leutner, 17, hopes to move forward with life five years after friends tried killing her to prove the fictional character "Slender Man" is real. A Wisconsin girl who stabbed a classmate in an attack inspired by a fictional horror character known as Slender Man was sentenced to 40 years in a mental hospital Thursday. "Morgan's schizophrenic. "'Are they there? The three girls were all 12 years old. I don't think much of them. Payton Leutner was stabbed 19 times by her classmates three years ago in a Waukesha Park while they were all 12-years-old. The victim, Payton Leutner, was left for dead before she … As far as "Slender Man" goes, Leutner said she had advice for parents whose children might not understand the difference between what is real and fake online. But I'm not blaming myself at all. ", 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. "They just wanted to go on a walk," Leutner said. Geyser's attorney argued on appeal that Geyser couldn’t really understand what rights she gave up when she agreed to speak alone with a detective while she was in custody and confessed to the stabbing. Leutner said she is aware of the longstanding public debate about whether the two girls were old enough to be charged in adult court, but doesn't herself question whether their cases should have been handled in juvenile court. Leutner, Geyser and Weier were all 12 years old at the time. "I would say, 'Just because of what she did, I have the life I have now. Payton Leutner, 2017WAUKESHA -- Disappointed in the Slenderman verdict, the family of the victim says they wanted to see Anissa Weier go to prison.Payton Leutner's family released the … Injured and bleeding, Leutner did what many couldn't believe she had the strength to do: She pulled herself out of the woods and into the open where someone could find her. Leutner said she is now convinced that Geyser and Weier were a toxic combination. Pinix said he planned to appeal Wednesday's ruling to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. In 2014, Leutner was a sixth-grader in Waukesha, Wisconsin, when Geyser and Weier attacked her after a slumber party at Geyser's home. Payton Leutner, 17, said that she now has a plan for her life and it's because of everything she went through after her friends tried killing her five years ago to prove the fictional character "Slender Man" is real. When she awakened after six hours of surgery, Leutner said, she first started worrying about where her attackers were. I really, really like it and I have a plan. Even if the lower court was wrong, “such error was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt due to the additional, unchallenged and overwhelming evidence in this case,” the appeals court said. But Wisconsin's 2nd District Court of Appeals found that the Waukesha County Circuit Court correctly kept the case in adult court, saying it found probable cause that she had committed attempted first-degree intentional homicide. ", "We've seen her go from a victim to a survivor," said Leutner family spokesman Steve Lyons of SJL Government Affairs and Communications. "I couldn't focus much because my body was working so hard to keep itself alive," she said. "I know that their sentences were up to 25 and 40 years, and if that's how long it takes, then that's how long it takes.". Leutner said Geyser had struggled to make friends and that in fourth grade she'd befriended Geyser herself. He has grown into a popular boogeyman and has appeared in video games, online stories and a 2018 movie. In 2016, Geyser's mother told a newspaper that her daughter had been diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia while in custody. Because who could ever see something like this coming? But she was always cruel to me. They will probably go away and fade eventually.". … She was great at drawing and her imagination always kept things fun.". "I wrote on whiteboards to communicate because I couldn't speak much," Leutner said. She's got so much to live for and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of her life is.". As reported by CBS, two young girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, ultimately plead guilty in the case, which involved the stabbing of then-12-year-old Payton Leutner (she survived). Until now, Payton Leutner had never spoken publicly about what happened to her in the woods at the hands of her best friend and another classmate. "I thought it was odd. MADISON, Wis. -- One of two Wisconsin girls who repeatedly stabbed a classmate because she believed a fictional horror character named Slender Man would attack her family if she didn’t kill the girl lost an appeal Wednesday. She even asked her mother, Stacie Leutner, whether "Slender Man" was real and was relieved when she was told that he wasn't. She told ABC News that she was ready to reclaim her story. "I just hung out with her because I knew that Morgan really loved her as a friend. It happened during … And saying that it was her fault, she raised [Geyser] wrong. See more of FOX6 News Milwaukee on Facebook. "But I'm not angry anymore, because I recognize that they're going through their own hell.". Leutner survived after she crawled out of the woods to … Payton Leutner | Credit: Hearts for Healing/Facebook Meanwhile, Payton, now 14, has kept a low profile as she navigates high school like any other teen. Facebook Tweet Email; ... Payton Leutner, would not have to testify and relive the incident in court. Payton Leutner was 12 years old when two friends of the same age stabbed her 19 times. Facebook; Mail; Wisconsin police have released crime scene photos taken in the wake of the infamous 2014 "Slender Man" stabbing. All three girls were 12 years old. … If you feel something is bad, you need to get out while you still can. "I've come to accept all of the scars that I have," Leutner said in an exclusive interview with ABC's David Muir. Geyser and Weier later told investigators that they had planned to kill Leutner in her sleep that night, according to their police interviews, but then they changed the plan to kill her the next morning at a nearby park. President Biden and Dr. Fauci provide an update on the nation's progress with COVID-19 https://bit.ly/36iVDJB. In 2018, as a part of her plea agreement with prosecutors, Geyser was convicted but found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. Morgan stabbed Payton 19 times before taking off with Anissa through the woods to find Slender Man, the fictional meme they say ordered the murder of their friend. Without the whole situation, I wouldn't be who I am.". House Republicans vote to keep Liz Cheney among leadership, Dr. Fauci: Next 6 weeks are critical in battle against new COVID-19 variants, 3 neighbors dead after fight over snow shoveling, authorities say, 'Farcical' to not hold Senate impeachment trial for Trump: Biden, Former police officer Adam Coy charged with murder in death of Andre Hill. See more of FOX6 News Milwaukee on Facebook. "But it was really just a trick to get me down there.". Log In. What bad stuff happens in Waukesha, Wisconsin?". A man riding his bike found her and called 911. "But on [the night of] the birthday party, she wanted to go to bed. House Republicans vote to keep Liz Cheney among leadership, Dr. Fauci: Next 6 weeks are critical in battle against new COVID-19 variants, 3 neighbors dead after fight over snow shoveling, authorities say, 'Farcical' to not hold Senate impeachment trial for Trump: Biden, Former police officer Adam Coy charged with murder in death of Andre Hill. "That's when I was really wanting to get out of that friendship.". This story was first published on August 12, 2020. "I remember the first thing that I thought after I woke up was like, 'Did they get them?'" "She recognized that Morgan maybe wasn't the healthiest friendship to have. On May 31, 2014, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, two 12-year-old girls lured their best friend Payton Leutner into the woods and stabbed her 19 times in an attempt to become proxies of the fictional character Slender Man.. I didn't have a plan when I was 12, and now I do because of everything that I went through. Instead, she was charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, which put the case in adult court. To this day, Leutner told Muir, she sleeps with a pair of broken scissors under the pillow next to her "just in case.". Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email this article. "Now she's a young lady with a really bright future ... [She has] great grades, great friends. "If the knife had gone the width of a human hair further, she wouldn't have lived," Dr. John Kelemen, who operated on Leutner that day, told ABC News in 2014. A man riding his bike found her and called 911. or. This is fake,'" she said to Muir. Leutner survived an attack that captured headlines worldwide after her assailants, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, claimed they did it to please a fictional character named "Slender Man." Payton Leutner was stabbed 19 times by two classmates in 2014 at a park in Waukesha, Wisconsin when all three girls were 12 years old. 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