The family of a 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who was repeatedly stabbed says she's been walking the halls of a hospital and watching TV in her wheelchair.
Two other 12-year-old girls who are her classmates have been charged with trying to kill her by stabbing her 19 times Saturday.
A fundraising website set up by the victim's family says she's a "fighter" and is improving every day. Her parents say they've been trying to limit visitors because she becomes overwhelmed easily.
The parents expressed appreciation for support from the community. The family is asking for homemade purple hearts with encouraging messages to put up in the girl's room.
Her classmates told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slender Man, a fictional character they found on a horror website.
Below is the statement posted to the funding website from the 12-year-old's parents :
"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 easts 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.
With love and gratitude,
Josef and Stacie"