Police say the 12-year-old was attacked after being lured into the woods of Waukesha County on May 31 by two friends, also 12-year-old girls. The two girls have been charged with first-degree intentional attempted murder and are being tried as adults.
“Our family would like to thank everyone who has supported our daughter on her miraculous road to recovery," the victim's parents said. "Our little girl has received thousands of purple hearts from numerous countries and from most continents.” Purple is the girl's favorite color.
“We simply cannot put into words how grateful we are for the prayers, packages and heartfelt messages,” her parents added in their statement.
The victim's parents said that adjusting to their “new normal” has been challenging, but in between daily medical appointments and rehabilitation their daughter has enjoyed “daddy-daughter night at the movies” and a “treat at the snack area.”
The parents also released two photographs. One shows their daughter surrounded by purple heart cards, holding her own “thank you” card. The other (below) shows her bedroom wall, where a local artist drew a tree trunk and used the purple heart cards as the tree’s leaves.
Surrounded by an array of heart-shaped cards wishing her a speedy recovery, the 12-year-old is photographed holding a card she made, with two words written below a hand-drawn purple heart: “Thank you.”