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South Florida mom finds discriminatory letter targeting autistic daughter

Mom calls letter writer 'heartless'
Posted: 9:09 AM, Apr 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-20 13:10:56Z
Letter targets autistic child in South Florida
Letter targets autistic child in South Florida

BAL HARBOUR, Fla.-- A mother is enraged and heartbroken after a neighbor at The Plaza condo in Bal Harbour posted a discriminatory letter on her door targeting her daughter who has autism.

Leah Solomon said her 16-year-old daughter Bathsheva has severe autism and has the intelligence quotient of a 4-year-old.

The letter – which said it spoke on the behalf of 300 neighbors at the condo – said Bathsheva is "large and hefty," adding that she has "major issues."

"Her lack of impulse control, screaming and outbursts are not acceptable," the letter reads. "We are not responsible for your daughter's diagnosis."

The letter is signed by "The Plaza of Bal Harbour Residents."

"Whoever wrote this letter is heartless, is not a human being," Solomon said. "It's an animal. Because my daughter, she is special. She’s an angel. She doesn’t understand hate or lying or pretending – she’s pure."

Management at the condominium said it also received a copy of the letter. The condo's manager said the letter is disturbing, adding that it did not come from the office or the condo board.

The family feels unwelcome and torn, adding that their rights may possibly have been violated, they said.

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