Woman allegedly sent disturbing notes to neighbours because kids were noisy

This undated photo provided by the Hennepin County Jail, shows a booking mug of Carrie Pernula. (Hennepin County Jail)
This undated photo provided by the Hennepin County Jail, shows a booking mug of Carrie Pernula. (Hennepin County Jail)

A Minnesota town collectively felt the chills after one family received an unsettling anonymous letter with two sentences on it: “The children look delicious. May I have a taste?”

The unidentified family, who has two elementary school children, received the note in the mail on Sept. 27th. After contacting the police, they posted a notice on the town’s community Facebook group:

To the individual who sent this letter…The answer is NO! NO you may not have my children in any way, shape, or form. And beyond anything physical you may NOT rob them of the security and comfort they feel. The trust they have in other people, or the joy they experience on a daily basis because of who they are. You DO NOT have the right to try to steal this from them by sending an anonymous letter trying to rip their world apart. I will NOT let that happen. What you MAY do, since you were so formal in your letter to ask, is you MAY turn yourself into the police, or you MAY seek help for your sexual and/or homicidal urges. Either way, the children of this community are off limits.

But the creepiness did not end there. Not long after receiving the first letter, the same family received magazine subscriptions in the mail, addressed to “YOUR TASTY CHILDREN.”

Police announced that they’ve arrested the person believed to be behind the disturbing correspondence. Carrie Pernula allegedly told police that she mailed the letters as a result of how children in the neighbourhood were behaving.

Champlin Deputy Police Chief Ty Schmidt told WCCO-TV that the 38-year-old was “angry because kids were leaving things in her yard and I think they were probably being a little noisy too, just kind of being kids, how kids are.”

No children were harmed, but city attorneys have reportedly charged her with stalking and disorderly conduct.

“In this case, they went way beyond the bounds of what should be done,” Schmidt says.