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Mum overwhelmed by crying baby note rant attention

Trish LaForty and her son Will Harbers.
Trish LaForty and her son Will Harbers. Patrick Woods

COOLUM mum Trish LaForty never expected a her Facebook rant would attract worldwide attention.

Last week the mum took to Sunny Coast Community Board to lash out at a "gutless" person who anonymously criticised her parenting via mail.

It all started when she arrived home from a family swim day on Thursday when she found a note in her mailbox regarding her baby son Will. The unsigned note read: "You may be able to ignore your baby crying but we are tired of listening to him crying non-stop all day."

Since the Daily shared her story on Saturday, Trish has been flooded with phone calls and emails from all over the world wanting to hear her story. 

And while Will has earned himself a fair bit of camera and radio time this week Trish was happy to say he had not cried once.

"He loves the attention," she said.

Trish La Forty, with her baby Will Harbers, found a note in her mailbox.
Trish La Forty, with her baby Will Harbers, found a note in her mailbox. Patrick Woods

While she's been overwhelmed by the attention Trish has remained a good sport in it all laughing off the hype.

But she understood why people were fired up by the note.

"When I first saw it I was upset. No one enjoys hearing their baby cry," she said.

Ms LaForty said the claims were false as her son hardly cried at all.

When she approached her immediate neighbours about the note she said they were just as shocked as she was.

"Everyone has had the same reaction as us," she said. "Our neighbour said she had never heard our baby cry before."

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The couple and baby Will had lived in the unit block for about six months. In this time she said she had had no issues with neighbours.

After initially taking the note to heart Ms LaForty posted a response to the letter on Facebook.

"Like being a parent isn't tough enough... You didn't even have the guts to come knock on our door," she wrote. "Our baby doesn't cry 'all day', he cries when he doesn't want do go to sleep, when he's getting his nappy changed and when I say 'no' because I refuse to let him be spoilt and run around like he owns the joint," she said.

In the post Ms LaForty encouraged the writer to come forward and talk to her about their concerns.

What would you do if you received a similar note?

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