Police will not press hate charges against letter-writer demanding autistic boy be euthanized
NEWCASTLE, Ontario, August 20, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Police told the family of an autistic boy that they will not pursue hate charges against the anonymous author of a noxious letter submitted to the boy’s mother. The letter called the boy a “nuisance” and a “hindrance to everyone” before suggesting the family move or “euthanize” the autistic 13-year-old.
Durham Regional Police said today that while a criminal investigation is currently underway, the letter did not reach the needed "threshold" to be considered 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. However, there are other Criminal Code issues that are being considered,” the press release stated.
The boys father, Jim Begley ,said he was disappointed by the decision and that he will meet with police to hear first hand their reason for abandoning hate crime charges.
"I personally feel it does qualify as a hate crime," Begley told QMI Agency. He called the police decision "sad news."
“A person who is that crazy or demented who would fabricate something like that leads me to believe that they are very dangerous,” he told reporters.
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13 year-old Max Begley was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of two. The letter signed “One pissed off mother” was delivered on Friday to the house of Max’s grandmother, whom he often visits.
“I also live in this neighborhood and have a problem,” the writer stated in the one page letter. “You selfishly put your kid outside everyday and let him be a [sic] nothing but a nuisance and a problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling [sic] he constantly makes!!!”
“That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL!!!!!!!!!! It scares the hell out of my normal children!!!!!!!”
“Personally, they should take whatever non retarded body parts he possesses and donate them to science," the letter said. "What the hell else good is he to anyone!!!”
The letter ends by asking the mother to move or have her child terminated. “Go live in a trailer in the woods or something with your wild animal kid!!! Nobody wants you living here and they don’t have the guts to tell you!!!!!”
"Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!!! Either way, we are ALL better off!!!”
About 100 people from the neighborhood rallied on Sunday evening in a show of support for the family, many offering to do their part to discover the identity of the person behind the letter.
You may see a photo with the full text of the letter here.