MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge’s decision to release a Wisconsin woman who helped stab her sixth-grade classmate to please online horror character Slender Man from a mental health facility has left the victim’s family nervous and afraid, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Anissa, 19 years old, was released by the Winnebago Medical Health Institute in Oshkosh on Friday by Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren. Bohren ruled she’s not a threat and that conditions should be met to ensure her safety and the safety of the community. Weier has been in the facility almost four years.
Bohren set Weier’s release for Monday. However, it is unclear if Weier actually left the facility. Winnebago’s Department of Health Services has repeatedly denied that Weier was a patient. Maura McMahon who is Weier’s attorney said she was not permitted access to Weier’s transportation plans. Tuesday’s message was not immediately returned by her.
Steve Lyons was a spokesman on behalf of victim Payton Leutner. He stated that they are disappointed in Bohren’s decision and that Weier should not have been allowed to spend more time at Winnebago.
Lyons stated that they are just worried about her being out. “We are nervous about what could happen.”
Morgan Geyser, a friend of Weier, was also committed to Winnebago. They pleaded guilty to attacking Leutner at the age of twelve.
Weier encouraged Geyser on the way. Geyser repeatedly stabbed Leutner in a Waukesha Park. Leutner sustained 19 injuries, including one that nearly missed her heart. She barely survived.
Investigators later learned that Geyser and Weier attacked Leutner in order to get a spot as Slender Man’s servants and stop him from killing their families. Bohren sentenced Weier to 25 years in Winnebago and Geyser, respectively, to 40 years in the facility in February 2018.
Weier applied for release in March after she claimed that she had exhausted all of her treatment options. Bohren ruled in July she was no threat. Bohren signed off on Friday on a conditional-release plan and then ordered that the facility release her Monday.
According to the plan, Weier will live with her dad, continue to receive psychiatric services, and be subject to 24-hour GPS monitoring. She is prohibited from having contact with Leutner or his family members, cannot possess weapons, and can’t use the internet. The Department of Corrections is going to monitor her internet use.
Leutner’s relatives declined to speak at Friday’s hearing. Lyons said Tuesday that although the family is comfortable with the circumstances, Leutner’s safety as well as the safety of the community and Leutner must be taken first.
He stated that Leutner has moved out of Waukesha county and is now a college freshman with a part time job. He refused to identify the college or her employer. He did mention that Salem and Lilith were her cats and that she had just purchased her first used car.