Source: Seattle Times (Associated Press) Link: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2004298829_slaying22.html Title: "6 charged with fatally abusing pregnant woman", by Jim Suhr Date: March 22, 2008 A twenty-nine year old, developmentally-delayed, pregnant woman has been abused to death by her housemates, who were exploiting her for a Social Security check say police in Illinois. Among the suspects is a twelve year-old boy. Dorothy Dixon leaves behind a year-old son who weighed fifteen pounds when authorities took custody following his mother's death. Riley is said to have considered Dixon her slave, and while neighbors and the landlord were aware that Riley "ruled the roost", the details of what took place in the house have shocked everyone. The case is so riddled with strangeness that it is hard to offer a coherent narrative: And yet the tale comes to such a grim conclusion: The identity of the unborn fetus' father is yet unknown. On the one hand, welcome to middle America. To the other, no wonder Apocalyptics think the End Times are upon us. Four of the six will be defended on the public tab. One defendant, Michael Elliott, age 18, plans to hire his own attorney. There are no details on the twelve year-old. Expect plea bargains. We'll see what justice equals.