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12-year-old Waukesha stabbing victim continues to improve

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - The Waukesha girl who was stabbed in an alleged fictional horror scheme still spends a lot of time with four specialists who are treating her 19 puncture wounds.

But her family says the youngster also runs errands with her mom, and she recently watched a Disney movie with her dad.

Tuesday, the family released a photo of the 12-year-old girl from the neck down, as she wore a sign with a large purple heart which said "Thank You."

It also showed some of the thousands of purple hearts sent from supporters, after international news outlets and social media spread the word about the May 30th incident in which two of the girls' friends allegedly stabbed the victim in order to show allegiance to the character Slender Man.

The family's new spokesman, Steve Lyons, said the victim's family is trying to keep a low profile while her friends go through the court system. News media have respected the family's wish to not to publish or air the victim's name.

Lyons, a public affairs adviser for a Milwaukee law firm, says the family is "selective" about what the girl does. He says the child can walk, but not too fast.

Both 12-year-old defendants return to adult court a week from Wednesday. One will find out whether she'll be ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial in the case.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)