Baby monitors, though generally seen as useful tools to ensure the safety of young children, seem to be the subject of many real-life horror stories told online and in the news. Some of these freaky accounts show the reality that any electronic device can be subject to criminal hacking, while other stories are truly unexplainable. On reddit, some concerned parents speculated that baby monitors may be sensitive to other-wordly activities, while others claimed that they are portals to other worlds. Take a look at the spine-tingling stories below and let us know what you think!
1. The Invisible Bear
"Hopefully this fits well enough because it was a baby monitor that set it off. Okay, so my daughter is now almost two and has long since moved into her own room. We have one of those video monitor things where you can see/hear the baby on this little tv thing or you can turn the picture off and just get sound.
So one night maybe a month ago I'm sitting in bed, scrolling through reddit or something and I start hearing my daughter babbling to herself. Now, it's really late, like one or two in the morning. Much later than she is ever awake unless something is wrong and she is sick or cutting a tooth or something. So I turn the picture on the monitor on and see her standing up in her crib facing sort of diagonally away from the camera. I can see her hands in front of her but only like half of her face. Now is a good time to mention that we have been teaching her ASL since she was about 3 months old and she has been responding and conversing in sign since about 10 months.
I can see her signing things like "nice" and "silly" and "fun" and oddly enough,"no", "don't like" and "bear". Of course being the good and loving mother I am(and really not wanting to deal with an overly sleepy baby in the morning) I get up to see what the heck she is doing. When I get to her room she is still standing up and signing/babbling towards the far corner of her room. I ask her what she is doing and who she is talking to and she signs/says(as best as she can) "friend" which she does with her whole hands and not just her index fingers and signs "bear" again. I tell her that no, see Bear(who is actually one of her stuffed toys) is in bed behind her not in the corner of the room but she just giggles at me and signs/says "silly" and "mommy". I can see she is wide awake so I sit down in the rocker next to her bed and try to figure out what woke her up but all she will tell me is "friend" and "bear" and occasionally duck down like she is hiding and making shhh noises.
I finally get fed up and ask her who Friend Bear is and her response literally gave me chills because she doesn't speak well yet but she managed to say, very clearly and with the most serious face a 20 month old can pull off, "No name, no name, shhhhh".
Well now I am well and truly freaked out so I tell her to ask "No Name Friend Bear" to go home because it is too late to play and I did what any good loving mother would do. I gave her a pacifier, went back to my room, turned off the monitor entirely and hid under the overs in my room where my good and loving husband would protect me from nameless invisible bears."
By Reddit user: Redheadedbug
2. Hellish Hacking
Last week, a couple told CBS that a malicious hacker was tormenting their 3-year-old son and spying on him through the baby monitor. The couple hadn't believed their child when he spoke of a voice during the night, thinking it was just a product of his overactive imagination. That was until they heard it for themselves. One night, a strange male voice came from the child's room saying "Wake up little boy, daddy's looking for you." Terrified, the parents finally started to put the pieces together. The distressed mother told CBS:
"I started to cry in there, because it all started coming back to me, and I started figuring things out."
Apparently, the hacker was able to remotely maneuver the camera on the baby monitor. We can only imagine the chilling feeling of discovering that unwelcome presence in the house.
3. Ghostly Silence
"Honest to God true story. While I could go on for hours telling stories of my uncles house, this is probably one of the strangest and most unexplainable.
So my uncle and his then girlfriend had just had my little cousin (who is now 13). He was about a week old. They get him all cozy in his crib and put the baby monitor right next to him before they go downstairs to watch some TV. He was just a baby so he couldn't walk or stand or anything, and his crib was in their room.
They're downstairs watching TV for about two hours. During that time, everything is completely silent other than the sounds of his little baby breathing noises. Eventually, they call it quits and go up to bed.
Now they have had other strange things happen in the house prior (and after) this, but this was one of the creepiest. They walk into the bedroom, and every door on every closet, every drawer, and every window was wide open. (It was on the second floor so there was no way someone had crawled in through a window silently).
The creepy part is that they didn't hear anything. If someone had broken in, there's no possible way that they could have been quiet enough that the doors wouldn't have squeaked and that no one would have heard footsteps - the monitor was sensitive enough to detect my cousins breathing.
The baby was still soundly asleep and nothing was missing."
By Reddit user: Whereisbreakfast
4. The Screaming Stranger
Around the same time CBS reported the above hacking, Fox19 investigated yet another freaky hacking incident in the room of 10-month-old Emma. This one was even more unsettling.
Emma's mother Heather Schreck was asleep in her Ohio home when she woke to hear a man's voice. When she checked the baby monitor, she was shocked to see that the camera was moving around Emma's room.
"About the time I saw it moving, I also heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter. He was screaming, ‘Wake up baby. Wake up baby.' Then just screaming at her trying to wake her up."
When Emma's Dad ran into the room to see what was happening, the camera immediately turned to face him. He told Fox:
"Then it screamed at me. Some bad things, some obscenities. So I unplugged the camera."
One wonders what kind of person would want to terrorize a family with such a young child. Make sure you routinely change the passwords for your internet-connected baby monitors and cameras!