The 12-year-old Milwaukee girl who was allegedly stabbed on May 31 by two classmates who wanted to please Slender Man, a fictional horror character, by killing her has been released from the hospital, her parents have confirmed.
The girl was stabbed 19 times and left in the woods after a sleepover. When her parents asked how she managed to crawl to the sidewalk, she replied: "I wanted to live," they said.
"She is excited to be out of the hospital, see her pets, and continue along the road to recovery. Our family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support and love from not only the local community, but from around the nation, and the world," they said.
The girl has not been identified and her parents asked that her privacy be maintained.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, also 12, have been charged with first-degree attempted homicide in the case and are being held on US$500,000 (NZ$588,600) bail in a secure detention facility. All three girls were classmates at Horning Middle School in Waukesha.
Weier said Geyser told her they should become "proxies" of Slender Man - a horror character they thought was real after discovering him on the Internet - and kill their classmate to prove themselves worthy of him, according to the criminal complaint.
A bicyclist found the victim, lying on the pavement and covered in blood, with injuries to her arms, legs and torso. In their statement, the victim's parents also thanked people who have contributed to the Hearts for Healing campaign, which is raising money for her medical treatment.