The 12-year-old girl stabbed 19 times by classmates allegedly living out a website fantasy is walking the halls of the hospital with her father — "no machine, no tubes, just she and her dad," the girl's parents say on a website that is raising money for the family.
"Our little girl is a fighter and is making strides of improvement each and every day," the parents posted on the website gofundme, which has set a goal of $250,000 to help with medical bills and care.
They were the parents' first public comments since the girl was stabbed Saturday in a wooded park in Waukesha, Wis., about 20 miles from Milwaukee.
Two 12-year-old classmates, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide. All three girls attend Horning Middle School in Waukesha.
For months, Weier and Geyser had been scouring the Internet for stories about a tall, creepy, blank-faced figure called Slender Man, a fictional bogeyman who they insisted was real and lived in a mansion in a nearby forest, according to a criminal complaint.
Weier told a detective she thought she would impress Slender Man and be able to go to live with him by killing someone, the complaint said. She and Geyser singled out a classmate in February and began making detailed, ever-shifting plans which they would whisper about on the bus.
The victim's parents say on the website that their daughter has also been "out of bed watching TV in her wheelchair … She seems to like sitting in her wheelchair as opposed to the lying in bed."
As of Thursday night, the website said it had raised over $20,000.