Family of Slender Man stabbing victim "disappointed" with Friday's verdict

Posted at 12:11 PM, Sep 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-17 13:22:50-04

WAUKESHA -- The family of Payton Leutner - the victim in what's known as the "Slender Man" stabbing - released a statement stating their disappointment with Friday’s jury's decision in the trail of Anissa Weier

Jurors found Weier not mentally competent when she committed the crime. This means she will go to a mental health facility after pleading guilty to attempted homicide charges.

The Leutner family released this statement to TODAY’S TMJ4 Saturday night:

“We are disappointed in the jury's decision. The decision allows the assailant to petition the court every six months and request release into the community.  Their decision also forces our family to relive this horrific crime every six months wondering if they will be released.
The potential release of an assailant that methodically planned and executed an attack in which our little girl was stabbed 19 times puts the community and our family at risk.  It is deeply disappointing.
We would also like to thank the District Attorney and her team for their remarkable work in presenting the case and assisting our family through the process.”
The Leutner Family

The other girl in the stabbing plot, Morgan Geyser, has not made a deal with prosecutors. Her trial is set to begin in October.