Mother left terrified of living in her own home after neighbor plays hateful recordings all night directed at her autistic son
30-year-old Lauren Lukey from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was left in tears when she recorded her neighbor shouting 'your son is mental, kill him' through the walls
A mother has reportedly been left terrified to stay in her own home after a neighbor played recordings shouting at her and telling her to kill her disabled son and take her own life. Lauren Lukey, a 30-year-old mother from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was left in tears when she recorded her neighbor shouting "your son is mental, kill him" through the walls.
The mother believes that the verbal abuse is a "hate crime" that is directed at her and Lucas Milne, her five-year-old son with severe autism and learning disabilities, The Daily Mail reported. Lukey also recorded the abusive messages that the neighbor played using a computer voice generator that was put on loop for five hours.
The mother-of-two has claimed that she and her 32-year-old partner Scott Milne used to be on good terms with the neighbor before the terrifying recordings started playing on November 23. Lukey is so afraid now that she raised an emergency fund online so that she can move to a different home.
In the recordings, the unnamed neighbor can be heard saying: "Your son is mental. Kill him. He is useless for every life. Useless. Do you understand me? Kill him. Better for him, better for you, better for me."
In another recording, the man can be heard saying: "You are mental makers. You are zero. You are useless, you are worthless. You are motherf***ing nothing, zero. Kill yourself. Make suicide you motherf***er. You zero. Your son is mental, you make mental, make mental."
Even though the mother called authorities and made multiple noise complaints to her local council, Lukey claimed that she is afraid he will do something to harm her and her family.
She said: "I am terrified. I'm scared he's going to do something to us. I can't predict his behavior and that's why we're getting out as soon as possible. To think we need to leave our home is just upsetting, particularly at Christmas. I've been terrified. In my eyes, it is a hate crime. He's mentioning Lucas' disabilities over and over and over again."
"I can't think of anything more hateful [than what he's saying] about people with disabilities. The worrying thing is that it's premeditated. He's put time and effort into making these recordings and then to play them for hours on end. It's not normal behavior. The really vulnerable person in all of this is my little boy. I feel sick, honestly, I really do."
"I just feel sick to think of the number of times he's seen our little boy and the thoughts that he's obviously been having about him. It's just sickening. None of it made any sense until he started this Friday a few days ago. Him using those words himself. Someone suggested it was Google Translate, which would make sense, because of how the words have been put together."
"He means we've made a mental son, in his eyes. Who in their right mind would say that? And to say we need to kill him and he's useless and worthless. Nobody ever speaks about kids like that, and to speak about a disabled kid — it is sick. My son has never hurt anybody. He's not even capable of hurting someone. If I asked him to pass me a cup he wouldn't be able to or know what I'm saying. He doesn't understand."
"To think that someone thinks that strongly with so much hate about a little boy, it's disgusting. He's lived there for at least several months. We've always been alright so it's even stranger. It's come from nowhere. This is what we didn't understand. There has been no disagreements between us so it's just so random when it started going on. We don't understand why. It's crazy."
Lukey had thought nothing of the first recordings at the beginning of an automated voice saying "mental maker" again and again. Five hours after enduring the looped voice repeat the words over the night, she made a noise complaint to the local council.
The words kept going even the next day but stopped in the night. Lukey and Milne reached a boiling point on November 26 night with the recording of a cough that was played on loop for an hour.
On November 28, the recordings started getting violent when the automated voice started saying: "I am not human and that is why God punished me. I am the mental maker now."
Lukey called the police after getting scared but claims that she was told by authorities that all she could do was file a noise complaint because the man was in his own property.
The couple then claimed that they became convinced the hateful messages was directed at their son after they heard and recorded the messages on November 30. The messages appeared to demand that they kill their son and then themselves.
Lukey is a full-time mother and carer for her son and she said: "People don't say stuff about kids. It's off limits. For him to say all that stuff, I don't understand where that has come from.. I'm scared for both of my children: my baby as well as, and especially, Lucas."
"What if he starts giving abuse, or more? All these things are running through my mind. It's not fair on Lucas — he doesn't deserve it at all. He's such a sweet lovely little boy. He's not capable of hate because he doesn't understand what emotions and things are. He doesn't understand anything. I know kids are innocent anyway but he's got a disability and a learning disability. He's even more innocent."
The couple is now fundraising £300 so that they can leave their home and not disrupt their son from being able to attend the specialist school he is enrolled in. A spokesperson for the South Yorkshire Police said: "South Yorkshire Police are investigating incidents in which a 30-year-old woman has reported concerns regarding threatening comments made in the area where she lives."
"Officers are also liaising with the local authority in relation to concerns raised around noise complaints. An officer from Doncaster's central neighborhood team has spoken to the victim this morning and will be arranging to speak to her in person to obtain further detail and pursue any offenses committed."