Teen makes first court appearance in Waverly High School stabbing

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WAVERLY, OH (WCMH) — Shortly after students returned to class in Waverly Monday morning, a teenager accused of stabbing a classmate appeared before a judge in Pike County Juvenile Court.

The 16-year-old girl who is accused of stabbing her classmate in the back is charged with being a juvenile delinquent, according to Judge Robert Rosenberger.

According to court documents read by the judge, the student is accused of stabbing the other girl on Friday morning at Waverly High School. The judge also said that the student said she wished the classmate was dead and wanted to kill her.

The 16-year-old suspect faces one count of attempted murder, which would be a first-degree felony if committed by an adult, and two counts of felonious assault, which would be second-degree felonies if committed by an adult.

The suspect did not have an attorney with her Monday, so the judge entered a denial of the charges on her behalf and ordered her remanded to the Ross County Juvenile Detention Center, where she had been held since Friday.

Because the suspect is 16 years old and faces an attempted murder charge, Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk said she is eligible for a mandatory bindover to be tried as an adult. The prosecutor said it could take a couple of weeks for the court to make a decision on that issue.

In the meantime, the teenager will be appointed an attorney and undergo a mental health evaluation.

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