An Ohio woman, who was recently attacked by 13-year-old daughter with a knife, said she believes he daughter was inspired by internet horror meme Slenderman.
The woman, who asked to not be identified, told WLWT that she made the connection after seeing reports of the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who attempted to stab their friend to death, hoping to make the fictional Slenderman appear.
“I came home one night from work and she was in the kitchen waiting for me and she was wearing a mask — a white mask,” the woman said. “She had her hood up and had her hands covered with her sleeves and the mask.”
“She was someone else during that attack,” the mother added.
The woman returned home one evening when her daughter attacked her in the kitchen, stabbing her multiple times. She sustained minor injuries in the attack, including cuts on her neck and face and a puncture wound on her back.
She explained that her daughter has mental issues and that her writings were dark, frequently mentioning demons, being insane, and “falling into darkness.”
Following the attack, she discovered evidence of her daughter’s obsession with Slenderman.
“We found things that she had written and she made reference to Slenderman. She also made references to killing,” the mother said. “She even created a world for Slenderman in the game Minecraft.”
Slenderman — a creepy faceless man who induces dread and paranoia through stalking –is an internet meme which has generated crowd-sourced games, images, and fan fiction in online communities.
The mother of the girl feels that her daughter came across Slenderman on the internet, and warns that parents need to be aware of what their children are doing when online.
“We do have to police what they do and what they read,” the mother said.
The girl, who told authorities that she doesn’t remember what happened the evening of the attack, is facing charges as a juvenile
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