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Letter tells mother to euthanize autistic teen


A Canadian family is shocked and a community offended after an anonymous letter was written about a young boy living with severe autism.

The single-page letter refers to the boy as a nuisance, before suggesting the family move away or euthanize the child.

Karla Begley is still in disbelief at the hatred targeting her son, Max, who was diagnosed with severe autism just before he turned two.

A neighbor anonymously mailed the letter to the boy's grandmother, complaining about the 13-year-old's behavior, saying things like, "that noise he makes when he is outside is dreadful, it scares the hell out of my normal children," and signing it, "Sincerely, one pissed off mother"

Max stays here at his grandmother's home in Newcastle a couple days a week during the summer.

The family says they have no clue who may have been behind the letter, since they haven't had many negative experiences in the neighborhood.

There was only one incident four years ago when Max threw a plastic ball over a neighbors fence.

"It came back shredded, like somebody cut it up into ribbons and threw it back," said Begley.

When it comes to the letter, police are investigating and have forwarded the note to the Crown Attorney's Office.

"I hope the police do find them and I hope they release his name to the neighborhood because the neighborhood's very upset," says Begley.

The neighbors gathered last night to cheer Max on.  He doesn't know about the letter, but his family truly appreciates the show of support they've received in person and online.

Since the story broke it's been getting a lot of social media attention.  Police say they'll determine their next move when they decide if the letter warrants any charges.

Story from Tammie Sutherland, City TV

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