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Family with autistic son reacts to disturbing letter from neighborhood mother

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22 2013 11:35 a.m. MDT

Last Friday an anonymous letter was slipped under the front door of Brenda Millson's door in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada, addressed to "The lady who lives at this address." The letter discussed a neighbor's disgust with Millson's autistic grandson.

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Last Friday an anonymous letter was slipped under the front door of Brenda Millson's home in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada, addressed to "The lady who lives at this address." The letter described a neighbor's disgust with Millson's 13-year-old autistic grandson, Maxwell Begley, who spends his summer mornings with her, City News Toronto reported.

The anonymous neighbor blatantly stated her hatred toward Max, describing him as a "nuisance," "a hindrance to everyone" and someone who will never have a job or get married.

"You selfishly put your kid outside everyday and let him be nothing but a nuisance and a problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling (sic) he constantly makes!!!" the letter said. "Do everyone in our neighborhood a huge favor and MOVE!!!! VAMOSE!!!"

Millson, along with Max's parents, Karla and James Begely, spoke with City News Toronto regarding the letter.

"I was shaking when I was reading it," Max’s grandmother, told City News Toronto.

Karla Begley was astonished that someone could have so much hatred for her teenage son.

"The more you go on, the worse it gets," Karla Begley told the newspaper. "It ends with having him euthanized. Who says that about a child?"

The letter was not only hurtful but made several threatening statements, such as "personally, they should take whatever non-retarded body parts he possesses and donate it to science."

Such content has James Begely concerned and ready to press charges.

"Right now, I'm scared for my son's safety," James Begley said.

As for 13-year-old Max, he has no idea about the hate letter and has continued on as normal, enjoying his newfound attention.

"He doesn’t know anything about the letter," Karla Begley told thestar.com. "He loves the attention. He thinks he’s famous."

Neighbors have joined together to show their support to the Begely family and Millson. Julie Smith spoke with the Star about her effort to raise awareness in the neighborhood and to observe fellow neighbors' reactions to the letter.

“Everyone seemed rather appalled by it; one lady burst into tears. We didn’t run into any suspicious characters," she said. "If we do find out, we can’t be vigilantes. We have to call the police and let them deal with it."

Local officials have also taken the threat seriously, and the letter is currently under investigation, according to spokeswomen Jodi MacLean.

Email: spetersen@deseretnews.com

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