An anonymous hate letter left for the Ontario family of a 13-year-old autistic child named Max is being investigated by police, reports CityNews Toronto.
The typed letter reportedly calls Max an "animal," and tells the family to move away or "euthanize him." Here is video from CityNews Toronto of mom Kara Begley's reaction.
And here is the letter, tweeted by Lennon and Maisy Stella, real-life sisters who play sisters on the ABC TV show "Nashville." They are friends with the family.
A close family friend has an autistic boy and this was an anonymous letter slipped under her door. This is real. pic.twitter.com/VyRb2oqPrG— Lennon and Maisy (@lennonandmaisy) August 19, 2013
The letter was apparently mailed to Max's grandmother's house, where Max spends mornings in the summer.
"I was shaking when I was reading it," Max's grandmother Brenda Millson told CityNews Toronto. "It’s awful words. You don’t know why somebody would ever do such a thing."
Durham police have given the letter to the office of the Crown Attorney, the office that prosecutes criminal cases in Canada.
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