Slender Man stabbing victim adjusting to 'new normal,' family says


The 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who authorities say was stabbed 19 times by two classmates fixated on the fictional horror character Slender Man is adjusting to a "new normal" and thanking those who have supported her in her recovery.

The girl's family released a photo of her with her face obscured, along with a statement Tuesday thanking supporters who had written "thousands" of letters and pledged nearly $50,000 to help pay her medical bills.

“We simply cannot put into words how grateful we are for the prayers, packages and heartfelt messages," the family wrote in the statement, which was released to numerous media outlets including NBC News. "We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support."

Stephen Lyons, a family spokesman, told ABC News the girl has been going to a lot of medical appointments with specialists, and while she is home, "the healing process is going to take a very long time."

She is doing well enough to go to the movies with her father, the statement said, which included "a stop for a much-deserved treat at the snack area."

The family had previously asked supporters to make purple hearts "to remind her that the power of love is greater than all else.” They then posted pictures of the hearts and letters on a Facebook page.

Said the family in the statement: "Together as a family, we continue to adjust to our ‘new normal.' She has a courageous heart and bravely deals with both the physical and emotional challenges since the attack."

The two 12-year-old girls accused of carrying out the May 31 stabbing in Waukesha are being charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. They have yet to enter a plea.

Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier are due back in court July 2. Geyser's lawyers asked she receive a mental health evaluation before the next hearing.

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