Donations Failed to Reach Brutalized Girl

Even in an era where horrific violence seems an everyday occurrence, last year's story of GIRL X, the nine-year-old who was found raped, beaten and poisoned in a stairwell of Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, seemed especially affecting. About the only bright note was the speed at which contributions, many as little as $5 or $10, poured in to help. Now one of the principal fund raisers, BEVERLY REED, an unemployed single mother of five, finds herself the target of the Illinois attorney general's office over her handling of $310,000 she collected on the girl's behalf. According to depositions taken in...

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