Letter tells family to have ‘retarded’ autistic son ‘euthanized’

By David Edwards
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 14:39 EDT
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A Canadian woman was visiting her mother in Ontario on Friday when she received what she says was a hate-filled letter saying that her autistic son should be euthanized because he was “retarded” and a “nuisance.”

Mother Karla Begley told Sun News that the letter said that the grandmother should “do the right thing and move or euthanize” 13-year-old Maxwell.

“Personally, they should take whatever non retarded [sic] body parts he possesses and donate it to science,” the letter writer, who claimed to live in the same neighborhood, said. “What the hell else good is he to anyone!!!”

The person also complained about Maxwell’s “noise polluting whaling [sic]” that “scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!”

“It’s disgusting,” Begley explained to Sun News. “I can’t imagine thinking those thoughts, let alone writing them down for other people to see. It’s scares us for his safety.”

On Tuesday, a statement from Durham Regional Police said that the letter did not meet the Crown’s threshold for a hate crime.

“Despite the hateful language used, the Crown Attorney’s office has advised that the content of the letter falls below the threshold for a hate crime,” the statement noted. “However, there are other Criminal Code issues that are being considered.”

Watch this video from City News, broadcast Aug. 19, 2013.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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