Ontario police are looking into the vile hate letter sent to the family of an autistic boy that suggested the child be "euthanized" because he "scares the hell out of my normal children."
Maxwell Begley, 13, was diagnosed with autism, a spectrum disorder affecting communication and behavior, when he was 20 months old. He doesn’t speak much, but smiles often. He knows the alphabet, can type on a computer, and loves to jump on the trampoline. Sometimes when he's happy, he makes noises.
Begley's mother Karla has multiple sclerosis so she often takes her son to her mother's house in Newcastle for sleepovers. But one angry neighbor had a lot to say about it recently.
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Brenda Millson, Begley's grandmother, didn’t think much of the sealed envelope she got in the mail until she started reading the typed note.
Made out to "the lady living at this address," the hate letter spews disgusting things about Maxwell Begley, complains about the "noise polluting whaling [sic] he constantly makes" and advises Millson to take the "wild animal kid" and "go live in a trailer in the woods." It was signed "One pissed off mother."
"You selfishly put your kid outside everyday and let him be nothing but a nuisance," the letter reads. "He is a hindrance to everyone and will always be that way... No employer will hire him, no normal girl is going to marry/love him."
"Personally, they should take whatever non-retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science. What the hell else good is he to anyone!!!"
"After I finished reading it, I was crying and shaking," Millson told the Toronto Star.
Thanks to a tweet from Lennon and Maisy Stella, two young Canadian sisters who sing and star on ABC's "Nashville," the hate letter went viral.
"It made me sick to my stomach to think that somebody hated my son that much and they didn’t even know him," Karla Begley, Maxwell's mother, told the Star. "But they just hated him because he was different. That’s the only reason they had to hate him."
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After the hate letter made the rounds on Twitter last week, the community rallied around Begley and turned the note over to police.
"We are certainly taking it seriously," Durham Regional Police spokesperson Jodi MacLean told Yahoo! News Canada Monday.
"We are consulting with the Crown to see if there is any criminality that went on with the letter."
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