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Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier

Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier

WAUKESHA, Wis. – Two 12-year-old girls were charged as adults on Monday after allegedly stabbing another 12-year-old girl over the weekend.

The case has many people wondering if Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier should actually be charged as adults.

Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco told Fox 6 News he was hoping he would never have to hear of children so young committing such a heinous crime again.

With Geyser and Weier’s criminal cases underway, DeCecco, who prosecuted two 13-year-old boys last summer, says the game changes when involving younger people.

DeCecco said, “The game really changes.  It`s the same standards, the same rules — but changes a little bit when you have younger people.”

He said there is extra scrutiny when it comes to suspects so young.


Many are raising questions about the two girls waiving their Miranda rights and being questioned before their parents arrived.

DeCecco says although questioning children is tough, law enforcement officials are trained on the proper procedures.

DeCecco said, “They are very good about making sure the juveniles in any situation, whether it be in juvenile court or adult court understand.”

The attorney says there must be appropriate punishment for disturbing crimes.

DeCecco said, “You don’t look at their Justin Beiber haircuts.  You don’t look at their acne.  They are not quite older yet.  We look at what they did and I think that’s how most prosecutors look at it.   What did you do?  Not what you look like.  What did you do?”

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