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From Anchor Maria Sansone

Neighbors Say Autistic Boy Should Be 'Euthanized'

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Given that we're in the news business we often have to share difficult news stories. But, this one that we reported this morning is not only sad but leaves you wondering what kind of person could be responsible for such hideous behavior.

We reported that a Canadian family of a 13- year old autistic boy, Max Begley, received a typed letter supposedly from a neighbor suggesting they "euthanize" the boy because he's a "nuisance" to the neighborhood. The letter was slipped under the door of his grandmother's house where she helps look after him in the summer because Max's mother has multiple sclerosis.

Here's an excerpt from the hate filled letter:

"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!!!"

"What right do you have to do this to hard working people!!! I HATE people like you who believe, just because you have a special needs kid, you are entitled to special treatment!!!"

"Go live in a trailer in the woods or something with your wild animal kid!!!"

The letter was signed "one pissed off mother" who claimed to speak for others in the community. BUT, when a TV crew showed up on Sunday outside Max's grandma's house dozens of neighbors came out to show their support and cheered when Max stepped outside.

Durham Regional Police are currently investigating whether any laws were broken.

I'm not sure if any laws were broken… but it's certainly heartbreaking. You can see the entire letter in all its ugly glory in the photo.

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