The court ruled that the girls would not receive long-term mental health care if tried in a juvenile court.
And don't count out The Countess just yet.
But when a 17-year-old commits a crime, is he or she considered a juvenile or an adult? The answer to that depends on the state in which the crime was committed. Increasingly, individual states are enacting laws that recognize 17-year-olds as juveniles, reversing laws that suggested they are adults.
Last Monday, a Wisconsin judge ruled that two 13-year-old girls would be tried as adults for crimes committed when they were 12. If convicted, they face 65 years in prison. If tried and convicted as juveniles, they would have been held for a maximum of five years in a youth detention facility.
"Often times people come into the adult system and they come out with more problems than they had before they went in."
The 13-year-olds could face decades in adult prison.
Twelve-year-old girls are not adults. They are children. But, somehow, with a stroke of a pen, two pre-pubescent tweens -- who can't vote, drive, or serve in the military -- have been transformed into adults for purposes of criminal punishment. But those adults don't exist. Anywhere. Except on paper in a courtroom.
14 year old Florida teen Lily Marie Hartwell, who was a fan of the cult horror character, allegedly set her home on fire while her mother and younger brother were asleep inside. Luckily, both were able to escape unharmed after the fire alarms went off.
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The girl was released from the hospital a week after the incident and has been spending her days going to rehabilitation
Because I research juvenile justice issues in Milwaukee, 20 miles from where the bizarre Slender Man crime occurred, I've been fielding questions lately from friends and family from around the nation. Most are about the criminal justice system.
The Slender Man attackers, it would seem, just chose to give their villainous counterparts a new name, instead of the more
Much like violent video games, rock music, comic books and horror movies before him, Slender Man is on track to becoming the devil du jour, the newest "won't someone think of the children?" scapegoat.