Kid’s Nightmare About Man At His Window Proves To Be Real
From the boogie man to shadows in the closet, there are plenty of things that go bump in the night when you're a kid.
But one New Zealand family have learned that they're not always a figment of an overactive imagination.
Melissa Rodrigues thought it was just a bad dream when her three-year-old son insisted there was a "man with a light" outside his window.
However after three days of him repeating the same story, the children's author was woken to screaming.
"At 5.30 in the morning he let out an absolutely gut-wrenching scream from his room. I knew something wasn't right," Rodrigues told Stuff.co.nz.
Outside they discovered their gate had been left wide open with footprints visible in the frost.
After contacting police, the family decided to set up a smartphone with the app, Salient Eye, as a CCTV in the garage window opposite their house.
They then sent their son to spend the night at his grandmothers.
That night Rodrigues and her husband waited to see if the stranger would return. At 4.40am, they were alerted to a stranger outside as the app began to email through photos.
"It gave me the shock of a lifetime because, even though I was waiting for it, I wasn't expecting to see him," Rodrigues said.
Calling police, the couple watched as the photos continued to come and police officers responded.
According to Stuff.co.nz, a 15-year-old who was known to police has since been referred to youth services.
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