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NEW INFORMATION: Family of stabbing victim issues statement

(WQOW) - The family of the 12-year-old girl stabbed by her friends 19 times is speaking out. They released the following statement:

"As parents of this little girl, we are overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we've been receiving from our family, friends and community. Our little girl is a fighter and is making strides of improvement each and every day. We appreciate your patience, love and support as we too are stunned and saddened by this tragedy.

She has been able to walk the halls of the hospital with her Dad. No machine, no tubes, just she and her Dad. She has been out of bed watching TV in her wheelchair as well. She seems to like sitting in her wheelchair as opposed to the lying in bed. She still gets a little ill when she eats, so we're taking that slowly. She also gets overwhelmed very easily, so we're going to try to limit visitors and allow her to have a little alone time.

We thank you for keeping our family in your prayers during this difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised of updates on her progress. As our daughter is so young, we ask that you honor her anonymity and our family's privacy as we continue to heal and find our strength."

The Waukesha Police Department confirmed that the family does have a website set up for people to donate to.

Click here for that website.

(WQOW) - For the first time, the hospital is confirming the girl who was brutally attacked by her friends is recovering after several surgeries to treat 19 stab wounds, including a number to her vital organs. Her condition was upgraded on Wednesday to fair. While her family is pleased she's doing better, they are holding off on further comment.

The families of the suspects have refused to comment on the attack, a crime so shocking that when the three disappeared Saturday, one of the victim's brothers assumed she was a victim too, showing a picture asking for help in finding her. The girls told detectives they were trying to please the fictional internet character "Slender Man," who they believed was real.

The creator of the Slender Man said he is deeply saddened by the stabbing. Eric Knudsen published the first stories about the character in an online forum 5 years ago. In a statement, he said his heart goes out to the families affected.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) --
Waukesha police have good news about the 12-year-old whose friends stabbed her 19 times and nearly killed her over the weekend.

Police Capt. Ron Oremus said Wednesday the girl is on the road to recovery, at least physically. He says she's walking and talking again, and that she's "a fighter" to be recovering so well from such trauma.

Doctors say she was "1 millimeter away from certain death" because one of her stab wounds just missed a major artery near her heart.

Two of her classmates are charged with trying to kill her Saturday. The girls told detectives they conspired for months to kill her in hopes of pleasing Slenderman, a fictional online character.

Oremus says the victim's family is still overwhelmed and asks that their privacy be respected.
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