(CNN) – A 12-year-old is in an Indiana juvenile detention center after authorities say she stabbed her step-mother to death.
“This little girl has been failed by everyone.”
Holly Curtis says her 12-year-old client’s story needs to be told.
“We’ve had our hands tied because at this point in time, there’s no other facility that can or will take her. We are running out of options. This is our last option.”
Prosecutors say the girl set the family’s Prairie Street apartment on fire then stabbed her stepmother in July. The stepmother, Maria Torres, died.
A court order filed this week says the 12-year-old did it, “at the direction of a fictional character found on the creepypasta website known as “Laughing Jack” and the girl, “heard voices and had an ‘alter ego’ months before the stabbing and begged her father for help”.
Court documents say the girl is a risk to herself and others as long as she’s here, at the Juvenile Detention Center in Goshen. She isn’t allowed to have sharp objects near her or within her reach and because of her, they’ve had to add staff. Also, other kids are only allowed to use paper spoons.
In the 117 days she’s been at the center, court documents say she, “continues to beg detention staff for help.”
“The risk level for her is beyond anything I think anybody can imagine. And for her not to be able to get the help she’s crying out for is probably one of the biggest travesties I’ve seen so far with the system and with, obviously, a state agency not willing to step up and do their job.”
And this is where the 12-year-old’s public defender says her client will stay until the court can find a mental health facility willing to take her and get her the help she needs.
According to court documents, the 12-year-old is currently seeing a counselor and taking medication prescribed by a doctor.
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