In a bizarre murder plot out of Wisconsin, prosecutors say two 12-year-old girls repeatedly stabbed a friend to please a mythological demon they found out about on the Internet. According to a criminal complaint, the pre-teens had been planning the crime for months.

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Fox News’ Garrett Tenney reported that police say the girls’ fascination for the creature manifested after spending time on the website, which features horror stories and urban legends. The girls believed the creature was real and if they killed their friend, they’d prove their loyalty to it.

Investigators say while the three girls were playing hide-and-seek at a local park, one of the attackers pinned the victim to the ground while the other stabbed her 19 times. After being arrested, one of the girls told cops, “It was weird that I didn’t feel remorse.”

Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack cautioned families, “Unmonitored and unrestricted access to the Internet by children is a growing and alarming problem. This should be a wake-up call for parents. Parents are strongly encouraged to restrict and monitor their children’s Internet usage.”

A few hours ago, the creator of the website posted a statement about the incident. It reads in part, “I’ve recently been alerted to the horrific events that took place in Wisconsin … my condolences go out to all the families involved. The families of the young ladies who committed this crime also have my heart going out to them – I know this can’t be easy for them as well … and I’m sure they’ll have to deal with mistargeted backlash and anger even while they try to get through such a trying time themselves.”

The creator also noted that the stories featured on the website are collected from other sites, and added, “Most people don’t watch Hannibal and turn into serial killers.”

The young victim is in stable condition and is expected to recover. The two suspects are being charged as adults and face up to 60 years in prison if convicted. They’re scheduled to appear in court again next week.

More details on the case from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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