Psychotherapist weighs in on stabbing of Waukesha 12-year-old

CREATED Jun 3, 2014

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WAUKESHA - What was going through the minds of two 12 year old girls who had become so interested in the "Creepypasta?"

It's difficult to get into the minds of Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weir.  So, we asked a psychotherapist some questions today. She's been helping children for the past 37 years.
Meanwhile, Jill Turcott-Neilsen says the raod to recovery for the victim may take years. Besides the physical recovery, Turcott-Neilsen says she will likey suffer from PTSD.
"It's very likely she's going to have to go through years of therapy," Turcott-Neilsen said of they young girl's emotional recovery.
Turcott-Nielsen was just as surprised as the rest to hear about Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weir's plot.  Investigators say the two 12 year old girls lured their friend into the woods, intending to kill her.  The first thing she finds interesting is that they kept the secret for months.
"Kids like to talk and planning can be very exciting," said Turcott-Nielsen.
The fact that they knew not to tell their friends and not to post it on social media says something.
"These two girls went out of the whole realm of reasonably civilized behavior and were quite willing to sacrifice one of their own friends," said Turcott-Nielsen.
Turcott-Nielsen says one of the girls may have been the leader. Still the other would be just as guilty.
"They chose between the two of them, they chose to go ahead. They had that moment and we all have that moment to think, even if it's a millisecond to think, do we wanna take this cookie from the cookie jar?" questioned Turcott-Nielsen.
It's unclear right now whether the girls will be tried for attempted murder as an adult. If they go to juvenile court, they could be released in their mid-20s. Turcott-Nielsen says she doesn't know if that would be enough time for rehabilitation.
"When I'm working with little children and siblings, we always come back to the golden rule, do until others. And little children four and five, they get it.  I don't have to repeat it. They understand it. These two girls, I don't know," said Turcott-Nielsen.