Parents of missing N.S. toddler take fight against cyberbullying to court

The lawyer representing the parents of a toddler who went missing last May in Truro, N.S., is heading to court next week to fight back against the deluge of harassment and vitriol the couple has received since the little boy vanished.

While police have said they do not believe foul play was involved in the disappearance of Dylan Ehler, that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from attacking his parents on social media with unfounded accusations, insults and threats.

“I can’t even imagine how they’re dealing with just looking for their son and having their son be missing,” Allison Harris, the lawyer representing Jason Ehler and Ashley Brown, told CBC Radio’s Mainstreet.

“This cyberbullying certainly adds an extra layer to that.”

Three-year-old Dylan Ehler was playing in his grandmother’s yard when he disappeared on May 6, 2020. Search and rescue teams found his boots nearby within hours of his disappearance. The search initially focused on the Salmon River and the area around Lepper Brook, which feeds into the river.

The active search for Dylan lasted almost two weeks, but there has been no trace of him since.


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