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'Let the baby die' sign targets 2-year-old boy battling rare disorder, stuns father

Posted: 7:54 AM, Nov 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-19 08:01:11-05

TOLEDO, Ohio — (WTVG/CNN) - "Stop asking for money. Let the baby die. It's called Darwinism. Happy holidays."

That's the cruel message on a sign directed at an Ohio family with a baby battling rare disorders.

When the child's father, KC Ahlers, first read the message targeting his son, he was filled with rage.

"It shocked me. I mean it really shocked me that somebody would have that kind of cruelty,” said Ahlers.

It all started when he put up six signs around the Franklin Park Mall in Toledo, Ohio, that share a bit about baby RJ's disorders and how others can help by donating.

This week, three of those signs were joined by a ruthless one.

"I came out. I saw it. Immediately took the one down. There were other ones that were up, but somebody, some other good Samaritans kicked them down,” Ahlers said.

RJ's parents say their son has two rare birth disorders. One impacts his brain, the other stems from a chromosome abnormality.

Now, there is a hole in RJ's heart and Ahlers says most babies with these diseases don't live past age two.

The father said he decided to throw away the hate and send a different message to whomever made the signs.

"We want to raise our son to not reciprocate hatred. We want to battle hatred with love. So, we obviously know somebody that did this is disturbed and we hope they get help. But, we're going to keep taking your signs down as we see them because this town doesn't need hatred. This town needs love," said Ahlers.

The father decided to throw away the hate and send a different message to whoever made the signs:

"We want to raise our son to not reciprocate hatred. We want to battle hatred with love. So, we obviously know somebody that did this is disturbed and we hope they get help. But we're going to keep taking your signs down as we see them because this town doesn't need hatred. This town needs love."The Ahlers family is planning a fundraiser Dec. 15 to help with medical bills, and there’s a GoFundMe campaign for assistance with expenses.