(CNN) — A 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who police say was stabbed in an attack by two other 12-year-olds “is a fighter and is improving each and every day,” her family said Thursday in a news release.
“As parents of this little girl, we are overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we’ve received from our family, friends and community,” her family said in a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WTMJ.
Authorities said one girl held the victim down while another stabbed her 19 times in a Waukesha park Saturday morning, allegedly so that the alleged attackers could impress a fictitious, ghoulish Internet character called Slenderman.
The victim was left to crawl to her rescue, and she was taken to a hospital after a passing bicyclist found her, police said.
The suspects, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, were arrested hours after the victim was discovered, according to a criminal complaint. They have been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, according to court documents filed Monday.
The two are being charged as adults, and bail is set at $500,000 for each, Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said.
The victim is in stable condition at a southeastern Wisconsin hospital, the release said.