Baby Wakes Up With Scratches, Then Mom Notices Strange Figure On Camera

Published on 12/15/2019
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When strange things started happening in her home in Michigan, one mother became set on getting to the bottom of things. She heard noises at night, and before long, something drove her over the edge. Even though she started blaming her fiancé, he denied everything.

Baby Keeps Waking Up With Scratches, Then Mom Spots Ghostly Figure On Camera

Baby Keeps Waking Up With Scratches, Then Mom Spots Ghostly Figure On Camera

The Video From The Monitor

Now that she had it, all she had to do was watch the footage, but she was not ready for what she discovered. In their daughter’s room, they had set up a baby monitor to film what was actually going on. She could not believe their daughter scratched herself at night, but Joshua denied knowing what was happening when she questioned him.

The Video From The Monitor

The Video From The Monitor

Scratches On Her Face

She sat down to watch the footage, ready to catch him red-handed. However, as she watched it, her skin started to crawl because she knew right away that it was not her fiancé who was caught on video. Heather Brough and Joshua Higgins lived in a guesthouse in Michigan owned by Joshua’s mother.

Scratches On Her Face

Scratches On Her Face

Everything Changed

The couple, together with their 1-year-old child, Lily, had been living in the home for a little over a year when one day, something made the family want to move out as quickly as possible. Everything began when Heather took Lily out of the crib and noticed scratches on the little one’s face.

Everything Changed

Everything Changed

Things Began To Get Tense

At first, the mom did not put much thought into it but more marks appeared after the scratches had healed. She knew she needed to approach him. Heather and her fiancé had a stable relationship and were living together.

Things Began To Get Tense

Things Began To Get Tense

Had To Do Something

They lived the life of a young couple in a quiet town with all their dreams coming true, and at that moment, everything was perfect – they were in love, had a beautiful baby girl, and lived in a cozy little home. One day, however, everything changed.

Had To Do Something

Had To Do Something

Getting Answers

Heather was sleeping when she started to hear strange noises inside the house: thumps on the floor, the squealing of a door, and even what seemed like footsteps in the kitchen. Then, she discovered strange scratches on her one-year-old’s face in the morning and decided she has had enough.

Getting Answers

Getting Answers

Finding Out The Truth

She asked her fiancé whether he was the one getting up at night and even asked him if he had gone to Lily’s room the previous night. She also questioned him about what she saw on Lily’s face. Would their fairytale relationship end here?

Finding Out The Truth

A Figure

Things between them began to get tense, with Joshua denying everything, so Heather decided to try to catch him red-handed. She had no idea that what she was going to see would be much worse than what she had suspected. She knew that she had to do something; she could not continue living like that.

A Figure

Someone Else

Her fiancé denied everything and she was wondering whether she was going crazy and just imagining everything. Heather thought that perhaps an animal kept getting in, but she knew she always made sure to close all the windows and doors before she went to sleep.

Someone Else

Someone Else

Spine-Chilling Realization

It had to be something or someone that was already in the house. She knew this could possibly end the loving relationship she had with Joshua, so Heather had to find answers. The couple finally decided to buy a baby monitor that they could set up in Lily’s room.

Spine-Chilling Realization

Spine-Chilling Realization

Need To Get Out

They positioned it at an angle that is focused on the crib. Joshua was quite sure it was just Lily scratching herself at night and he pointed it out that babies can graze their faces while they sleep because of their nails. However, it was still happening even if Heather was careful to keep their daughter’s nails well-trimmed after the first incident.

Need To Get Out

Need To Get Out

The Truth Revealed

Needless to say, Heather was not prepared for the truth. She really wanted to uncover the truth, so she set everything up. The couple even purchased a state-of-the-art baby monitor called Logitech Circle 2, which has night vision, so that they could solve the mystery.

The Truth Revealed

The Truth Revealed

Calling The Authorities

Sure enough, there were scratches on Lily’s face again in the morning, so it was time to watch the footage to find out what was doing this. However, when Heather finished watching the video, her own home became her worst nightmare.

Calling The Authorities

Calling The Authorities

Getting The House Investigated

A man’s blurry figure appears in Lily’s bedroom. She thought that she had figured it out – Joshua had been walking around their home at night while Heather slept. The question was why he did not tell her and why he kept it secret.

Getting The House Investigated

Getting The House Investigated

Other Strange Occurrences

Was it some kind of joke or was Joshua sleepwalking? She needed to keep watching so that the truth would be revealed, but what she saw next shocked her to the core. The grainy shadow walks past Lily’s crib, and Lily, aware that someone is in the room, sits upright.

Other Strange Occurrences

Other Strange Occurrences

Strange Sounds

She then slowly holds the side of the crib, pulls herself up to a standing position and curiously looks around. Then, the man turns towards the monitor, and Heather knew at this point that this man was not the person she initially thought he was.

Strange Sounds

Strange Sounds

Set To Return

Heather’s breath stalled and her scalp prickled. Her heart thudded louder at the realization that the man was a total stranger. She could not take her eyes off what she was watching and continued to look at the mysterious intruder.

Set To Return

Set To Return

Previous Residents

This stranger went on roaming around Lily’s room and Heather’s stomach knotted. At that point, the question was who exactly the man was. Now Heather knew why she heard strange noises at night and where Lily’s scratches came from.

Previous Residents

Previous Residents

A Dark Past

She kept replaying the clip again and again, and at one point, the man becomes totally transparent as he moves by Lily. Then it dawned on Heather that this was not a man and what she was looking at was not human. Chills ran through her body and she pulled her daughter closer.

A Dark Past

A Dark Past

Leaving As Soon As Possible

She needed to tell Joshua and they needed to get out. Joshua also watched the footage and he recounted, “It was chilling… It was literally a chill down your spine, like that ‘what if’ factor — Is this what I just saw?” Heather said, “Seeing Lily’s face with the scratches was so bizarre and frightening.”

Leaving As Soon As Possible

Leaving As Soon As Possible

Some Skeptics

She added, “I was crying, ‘What happened to you?’ I grabbed her jacket and ran over to my mother-in-law’s house. Nobody knew what happened. We wondered if she’d scratched herself, but when we put her hands up to the scratches it did not match up.”

Some Skeptics

Some Skeptics

An Observation

After watching the footage, chills chased up Joshua’s spine and there was a ball of terror in his stomach. He was completely terrified; he needed to take his family out of the house as soon as possible. Gasping, he ran outside with Heather and Lily and called the police right away.

An Observation

An Observation

A Plausible Explanation

He was referred to the Scientific Paranormal Investigations of Michigan – what they found rattled him even more. Scientific Paranormal Investigations of Michigan co-owner Mike Priest sent out a team right away to investigate the home.

A Plausible Explanation

A Plausible Explanation

A Possibility

However, what they discovered just made Joshua and Heather even more determined to leave. After they reviewed the evidence, they came to the conclusion that the main house, as well as the guest house which was attached to it, could be haunted.

A Possibility

A Possibility

The Motivation

There were other strange occurrences in that house. In an interview, Heather said “I woke up to get ready for work one morning and it felt like someone was choking me,” and she continued, “It shook me to the point where I decided to buy our camera.”

The Motivation

The Motivation

The Message

Because she knew Joshua wouldn’t have believed her, she had not told him about this incident. She added, “There have been times where me and my fiancé would wake up in the morning and I would hear an angry male voice — like someone had stubbed their toe.”

The Message

The Message

Waiting For A Response

“I definitely believe there is something going on at this house,” Mike Priest said. “We are looking forward to checking out this one as well.” He said that he and his team were able to record strange sounds in the home after he came in at Joshua’s request.

Waiting For A Response

Waiting For A Response

Hearing Something

“We heard something say, ‘Oh here we go. Oh yeah.’ I heard it as plain as day,” Mike recounted. Mike Priest, together with his team, is set to go back to the house soon in order to do a full-blown paranormal investigation.

Hearing Something

Hearing Something

Logical Explanation

According to Mike, their goal is to see whether they can replicate the footage or find some logical explanation for it before they chalked it up to paranormal activity. He hopes to find what it was that the camera had recorded in Lily’s room.

Logical Explanation

Logical Explanation

Homeowner

Joshua’s mother, Kris, has owned the home for 11 years, so she might be able to shed light on who was possibly haunting the family. “I was told when we bought the houses 11 years ago the lady who owned the property died in the main house,” Kris explained.

Homeowner

Homeowner

Old Farmhouse

“It’s an old farmhouse and according to her niece… she fell down the stairs, broke her hips and laid there for a very long time before she passed away. She said that the guesthouse was built for the lady’s brother who was schizophrenic.”

Old Farmhouse

Old Farmhouse

Another Theory

However, Joshua’s father, Jim, has a different theory. Jim is convinced the man terrorizing Joshua and Heather is a previous guesthouse tenant. “The gentleman that lived here originally… (jumped) out this window, which is one story down,” Jim explained to WXYZ-TV Detroit.

Another Theory

Another Theory

No Closer

Heather and Joshua may not be any closer to learning who is stalking around Lily’s room at night, but they know what they can do about it. “It scares us that it could do something else,” Heather explained. “It’s not physically just going after her, it feels like it’s going after myself too… This has made us want to leave as soon as possible. As soon as possible we’re out of here. This is a spirit. I don’t know what its intentions are, but at this point it’s becoming physically harmful.”

No Closer

No Closer

Going Viral

The video, which Heather and Joshua released on social media, has gone viral and has chilled a lot of viewers to the bone, but there are some skeptics as well. Some people do not really believe the video shows an apparition and they say that there is probably a very simple explanation for what was recorded.

Going Viral

Going Viral

Skeptics

Kenny Biddle from the Skeptical Inquirer wrote this: “There’s something else I noticed right away – the ghost was casting a shadow, two actually. This tells me the figure is a solid, physical object able to reflect light. In the first milliseconds of the video, as the figure is moving to the left, you can see its shadow move across the ceiling right by the ceiling fan.”

Skeptics

Skeptics

The Reasoning

He adds: “I would surmise either (Heather) and/or (Joshua) had been watching television and had reason to get up out of bed, perhaps go down to the kitchen for a drink/food or a visit to the bathroom, paused the video and walked across the room not realizing they were being recorded.

The Reasoning

The Reasoning

Lack of Understanding

At a later, unspecified time, they reviewed the footage and due to a lack of understanding of video cameras, concluded the distorted figure was a ghost.” However, why does Lily have scratches on her face? “Aside from the technical issues, it is not uncommon for babies to scratch themselves.

Lack of Understanding

Lack of Understanding

Scratches

We know from her statements that (Heather) discovered the scratches after waking the baby up from a nap,” Kenny also wrote, “… but there’s nothing to rule out the possibility Lily scratched herself while sleeping.” When Kenny dug deeper into the story, he discovered something interesting.

Scratches

Scratches

GoFundMe

“I’m not sure exactly what the motivation behind these claims is, but I do have my suspicions,” Kenny explained. “I went to Heather Brough’s Facebook page earlier today and noticed that she posted her first public post since November of 2018; it was a link to a GoFundMe account she had created that day (March 26, 2019) with a goal of $5,000.

GoFundMe

GoFundMe

Moving Out

She was asking for this amount to help her move out of the guest house, citing her daughter’s safety from all the paranormal activity as the main reason for the fundraising.” He then reached out to Heather with a Facebook message.

Moving Out

Moving Out

Reaching Out

“Hello, my name is Kenny Biddle, and I’ve been investigating paranormal claims for the last 20+ years. Your video of what is believed to be a ghost walking in your house was brought to my attention by several paranormal groups.”

Reaching Out

Reaching Out

Wondering

“After taking a look at it, I was wondering if there was a longer clip – perhaps footage showing the few minutes leading up to (and including) the clip that was shared on ABC Action News. The clip that has been shared starts with the figure already in motion, and I was hoping to see where it originates,” Kenny wrote in his message.

Wondering

Wondering

Looking For Confirmation

“I noticed the TV was on, so being able to confirm it wasn’t someone (living) watching TV and perhaps got up to get something, would be beneficial. I’m not saying this was a hoax, I’m just trying to get as much information as possible to understand what the video is showing. I appreciate your time in reading this. I hope to hear back from you. Have a good day.” According to Kenny, he is still waiting for a response from Heather.

Looking For Confirmation

Looking For Confirmation

There’s More

As it turns out, this isn’t the only story out there that speaks about a haunted child. In Illinois, Maritza Elizabeth, a 32-year-old mom of two, was convinced she’d seen a ghost baby in her son’s crib. After she had put her 18-month-old son to sleep, she began getting ready for bed.

There's More

There’s More

Something Strange

When she went back to check in on her son, she noticed something odd in the baby monitor. Her son looked like he was curled up next to another baby’s face. Maritza started panicking. What could she do about this?

Something Strange

Something Strange

Helpless

She had no idea what to do. She could only watch. A ghostly entity seemingly was fixated on her baby. Frozen in place, the mother was frantically thinking about what she could do next. She had to find out what was going on.

Helpless

Helpless

So Many Questions

Was her son in danger? Would this spirit be harmful to him? Was there something she could do to help? Maritza couldn’t sleep that night. While her son was asleep, she decided to do some investigating.

So Many Questions

So Many Questions

Investigating

She wanted to find out more about the spirit that decided to join her son in his crib. She grabbed a flashlight and got to work. When speaking to the local news, the frightened mother said: “I even tried creeping in there with a flashlight while my son was sleeping.”

Investigating

Investigating

Discoveries

What did she find when she got into his room? Did she see the spirit? The frightened mother turned to the internet to document her experience. She posted a photo of the scene she saw on the baby monitor along with the caption: “So last night I was positive there was a ghost baby in the bed with my son. I was so freaked out, I barely slept.”

Discoveries

Discoveries

Nothing Unusual

“I didn’t see anything unusual in the crib at all. I was trying to feel around to see if there was any wetness – we thought there might be some drool on the sheet – but I didn’t feel any,” the mother told Yahoo Lifestyle UK.

Nothing Unusual

Nothing Unusual

Reasoning

“I told myself maybe it was just a stain on the sheet and left the room. I probably went in there about three more times throughout the night,” Maritza said. As if that wasn’t bad enough, her husband was working that night which meant she was alone with the kids all night.

Reasoning

Reasoning

Watching

“I kept opening my eyes to check to make sure the ‘ghost’ wasn’t moving. Then when I would start to finally relax, my son would roll over and I’d be on high alert again. Every time I checked on him, though, he seemed completely fine,” the mother said to a news outlet. 

Watching

Watching

Stay Asleep

Since her son had been sick at the time, Maritza was careful not to wake him up when she sneaked into his room to investigate. When she couldn’t figure out what the figure was, she decided to go back to bed.

Stay Asleep

Stay Asleep

Through The Night

When the morning came, Maritza returned to her son’s room to find out once and for all what she had seen the night before. She walked into the room and opened the blinds, bracing herself for what she might find.

Through The Night

Through The Night

Opening The Blinds

“As soon as I went into the room and opened the blinds, it was so obvious there was something under the sheet. I pulled down the sheet and see this giant baby face looking up at me,” Maritza said. Wait, what?

Opening The Blinds

Opening The Blinds

Answers

It turned out that the ghost baby was nothing more than a tag on her baby’s mattress! Her husband had forgotten to put the mattress topper on her son’s bed when he changed the sheets. This is what created the creepy illusion.

Answers

Answers

In Shock

Maritza couldn’t believe it. After the night of terror she had gone through, that was it? To vent her feelings, she turned to Facebook and posted her story on a mothers’ group she was in. She posted the photo she had taken the night before along with the photo of the mattress in the morning. What would people say?

In Shock

In Shock

Reactions

It’s no surprise that the ladies in her Facebook group found the story absolutely hilarious. They asked Maritza to share the story publicly so they could all share it with their own friends. And so, she obliged.

Reactions

Reactions

Frustrations

When talking about the whole ordeal, Maritza was not too happy with her husband. “I could kill him,” she concluded. Since it’s been put up, her post has gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of other parents cracking up over the mistake.

Frustrations

Frustrations

In The Same Boat

Lots of parents said that they would have been just as scared if they were in Maritza’s place. “I’d be going in the room with a cross, some salt, and a gun…scooping up my baby and getting them right out of there,” one said.

In The Same Boat

In The Same Boat

Telling The Story

When she told her husband what happened, Maritza said: “he just laughed”. She did note, however, that he changed the sheets after their son had woken up “crying and wet” and had forgotten to put the mattress protector back on.

Telling The Story

Telling The Story

Responses

By the end of the story, the post had almost 500,000 reactions and 300,000 comments. “I’m screaming,” one person wrote. “That looks so creepy,” another commented. Many others kept it simple, responding with just “lol”.

Responses

Responses

Wrapping Up

At the end of the day, the mother said this: “I couldn’t even believe the response and couldn’t have imaged that it would spread so far beyond my friends”. She joked that there was one other thing that would resonate with many parents: “It was my husband’s fault,” she said, “I still blame my husband.”

Wrapping Up

Wrapping Up

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