Mentally ill girl says fictional evil clown told her to kill stepmother; set home ablaze

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 (The Associated Press)

A 12-year-old Indiana girl claims that an evil fictional clown told her to set her family's apartment on fire and stab her stepmother to death.

Court documents filed earlier this week say that the unnamed girl allegedly committed the heinous acts "at the direction of a fictional character found on the CreepyPasta website known as 'Laughing Jack.'" The documents also revealed that the girl, who is not being named because of her age, "heard voices" and had an "alter ego."

The girl's public defender Holly Curtis said that she had begged her father for help months before she allegedly stabbed her 50-year-old stepmother Maria Torres to death on July 23. Three doctors have already determined that the girl is not fit to stand trial and all diagnosed her with Dissociate Identity Disorder, or multiple personality disorder, with two of the doctors also diagnosing her with post traumatic stress disorder.

"This little girl has been failed by everyone," Curtis said, according to WSBT-TV.

CreepyPasta allows people to post their own fictional horror stories on its website, and the July stabbing incident was allegedly inspired by Laughing Jack, a character in one of the blogs. Laughing Jack is a clown who befriends young people as their imaginary friend before killing them, The Daily Mail reported

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The girl is currently being held at a juvenile detention facility in Indiana as authorities try to find a treatment facility to treat her mental disorder. Sixteen psychiatric facilities have refused to take her as has the state's hospital, despite a court order saying that placement through the Indiana Division of Mental Health is the "only option available."

"This case presents extraordinary facts and circumstances requiring extraordinary care," Magistrate Debra Domine wrote in the most recent court order. "There is an emergency here."

The girl's public defender noted that somebody with dissociate identity disorder needs to begin a specific treatment program as soon as possible and that ending treatment before it's supposed to be complete could be dangerous.

Court documents said that the girl "continues to beg detention staff for help" at the center where she is being held. She is currently seeing a counselor and taking medication prescribed by a doctor.

A spokeswoman for the Family and Social Service Administration, Marni Lemons, said that work is being done to find appropriate placement for the girl, but could not comment further given medical privacy laws.

"The risk level for her is beyond anything I think anybody can imagine," Curtis said. "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 systems and with a state agency not willing to step up and do their job."

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