Cruel 'Let the baby die' signs target Ohio family trying to raise money for sick infant son
The father said that the signs "shocked" him and he could not believe that someone could display that level of "cruelty."
Parents of a sick 4-month-old baby, who has been diagnosed with two rare birth defects, have reportedly been told to stop asking for money to cover his medical bills and just "let the baby die." The incident occurred after the family from Ohio posted six signs around the Franklin Park Mall in Toledo to spread awareness about an upcoming fundraiser for the child, identified as Randy James or "RJ."
The father of the infant, KC Ahlers, said that he found three additional signs posted next to the ones he had made about his son, reading: "Stop asking for money. Let the baby die. It’s called Darwinism. Happy Holidays," according to WTVG. KC told the outlet that the sign "shocked" him and he could not believe that someone could display that level of "cruelty."
“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,” he said.
RJ's mother, Angela Ahlers, in a GoFundMe page set up for her son, wrote in October: "In his three months on this earth he has been to 15 specialist appointments." The child reportedly suffers from Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, resulting in underdeveloped of the center of his brain. The four-month-old was also born with Trisomy 9 Mosaic Syndrome, a rare genetic chromosome disease.
Angela added that although the family has insurance, the bills are beginning to stack up and one genetic test costs $10,000. The family's insurance company has reportedly told them that the test is "not medically necessary." The page, which had managed to accumulate only $4,000 till the last weekend, has now surpassed its goal of raising $20,000 by over $5,000.
The father, in response to the cruel signs, said that he wants to raise his son and teach him to not reciprocate hate.
"We want to raise our son to not reciprocate hatred. We want to battle hatred with love," KC Ahlers said. "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."