Something mysterious was happening in her house in Michigan. A mother who was involved in this strange event wanted to get the source of this nightmare. It was nighttime when she heard noises, and after a few minutes, something drove her crazy. She even started accusing her partner about this strange phenomenon, but he refused and said that he did not know anything.
The Video From The Monitor
She had enough of what was happening around her, so she planned to watch the footage that caught the incident. She was not prepared for what she would discover in the record. In her daughter’s room, she set up some baby monitors to document what was happening inside the room. She was in disbelief when she saw that her daughter scratched her own skin at night. Joshua, her fiancé, denied and said that he did not know anything and would be unable to answer no matter how many times she asked him.
Scratches On Her Face
When she sat and watched the recording in her house, she was prepared to catch her fiancé on spot. But, as she watched the video that caught the incident, she felt that her skin started to crawl because of what she saw in the video. It was not her fiancé who was caught in the film. Heather Brough and Joshua Higgins was a couple who lived in the guesthouse under Joshua’s mother in Michigan.
Heather Brough and Joshua Higgins were together with their 1-year-old daughter Lily and were all living in Michigan for a year. And then one day there was something that made the family wanted to leave as quickly as they could because of the event that happened there. It was when the mother took her daughter out of her crib and noticed something terrifying. It was scratched on her little daughter’s face.
Things Began To Get Tense
In the beginning, Heather Brough did not think too much about what was happening. However, as time went by, she saw that more marks had appeared on his daughter’s skin after the past scratches had healed. She knew that she needed to confront her fiancé about this matter. The couple had a steady relationship and were living in the same house together.
Had To Do Something
Heather Brough and Joshua Higgins had lived as a joyful young couple in a peaceful town. It was like their dream came true. At that moment, they knew that it was all perfect. They loved each other, had a lovely little daughter, and a home that was comfortable for their family. But, one thing happened that they didn’t expect, and after that, everything had changed.
Heather Brough was taking a nap when she heard odd noises inside her home. There was a bump on the floor, shrieking sound of a door, and even a noise that sounded like a footstep inside their kitchen. After all these incidents, she discovered that her daughter had marks and scratches on her face after she checked her daughter in the morning. It was then she decided that she has had enough.
Finding Out The Truth
Heather Brough asked her fiancé Joshua Higgins about the incident that was happening inside their daughter’s room. She asked him whether he was waking up at night and she even questioned about when he got into their daughter’s room. Lastly, she asked him about the scratches on their little daughter’s face. Was this the end of their happy relationship?
Because of the incident, things got tense for both. Joshua refused everything that Heather was accusing. Heather was determined to catch him on spot. But she did not expect that she would see something that was worse than she was believing. She understood that she needed to do something for the safety of her family. She knew that she could not last living inside this house.
Joshua was denying everything that she was accusing him of. Heather thought that she was out of her mind because of what happened. She imagined many possible cases like there might be an animal that kept coming on her daughter’s room. After some reassessments, she knew that she always checked if all the doors and windows were closed before she went to sleep.
Heather understood that it had to be something or maybe it was someone who was already inside of their home. She also knew that this might be the reason that would end her relationship with Joshua. Heather was determined to find some answer in this terrifying event. After some discussion, the couple decided to buy a baby monitor so that they could watch their daughter Lily inside her room.
Need To Get Out
Joshua and Heather positioned the monitor on the angle that focused on their daughter’s crib. Joshua was sure that it was because her daughter Lily was scratching her face at night when she was sleeping. He said to his partner that the babies could scratch their faces during their slumber because of their nails. But Heather was careful enough that she trimmed her daughter’s nail to keep her from hurting herself after the first incident.
The Truth Revealed
Heather was not prepared for the truth. She really wanted to know everything that caused her daughter’s marks on her face. She planned to set everything up just to uncover the truth. Joshua and Heather even bought the latest baby monitor called Logitech Circle 2. The baby monitor had a night vision that could observe even without any lights. They were determined that this technology could help them solve the mystery.
Calling The Authorities
In the next morning, there were still marks or scratches on their daughter’s face. It was at that moment that Heather decided to watch what was recorded on the baby monitor. It was to find out who or what was the reason for her scratches on her face. After she watched the recording, she was terrified about what she saw in the monitor. She found out that her own home became her own personal nightmare.
Getting The House Investigated
Heather saw that a man that had a blurry figure appeared inside Lily’s bedroom. She thought that her fiancé Joshua was responsible for this kind of event while she was asleep. She had many questions on her mind that were bothering her. One was why he did not tell her what was inside of their home and the other was why he kept it secret from her.
Other Strange Occurrences
She thought that it was just some kind of a prank or maybe her fiancé Joshua was sleepwalking. She needed to watch the recording in order to know the source of this nightmare. She was terrified of what she saw next on the video. The shadow of a man that looks grainy walked pass by her daughter’s crib. And it looked like her daughter Lily was aware that there was someone inside her room and sat upright.
Lily slowly gripped the side of the crib to pull herself up to stand. As she was on the standing position inside her crib, she curiously looked around if someone was there. At some point, the man turned towards the monitor. Heather realized that this man was not the person that she was thinking. It was out of her expectations to see this man on the monitor.
Set To Return
After what she saw in the recording, Heather’s breath was delayed for a second and her scalp began to prickle. Her heart began to beat louder than the normal heartbeat because she realized that they never knew the man on the monitor. He was a total stranger. She continued watching the recording as she could not take her eyes off this mysterious intruder.
As Heather saw that the stranger was roaming around her daughter’s room, she felt unwell like her stomach was knotted due to the scene that she saw. She asked herself who exactly was the man inside her daughter’s room. Heather realized that she heard odd sounds and noises at night and how Lily’s got her scratches on her face.
A Dark Past
As soon as she saw the recording, she kept replaying the video many times. After watching a few more times, she realized that the man became transparent as he passed the place where Lily was. Then it struck Heather that this was not a person and what she saw on the monitor was not a human being. She felt chills ran over her body while she pulled her daughter closer to her.
Leaving As Soon As Possible
She knew that she needed to tell her fiancé Joshua what was happening inside their home. She knew that they needed to get out of their house immediately. While Joshua was watching the footage, he stated that “It was chilling… It was literally a chill down your spine, like that ‘what if’ factor is this what I just saw?” Heather also said that “Seeing Lily’s face with the scratches was so bizarre and frightening.”
Heather stated, “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 her scratches it did not match up.” She was stating this while she was still terrified about the incident that happened inside her house.
After her fiancé Joshua watched the recording, it sent chills to his spine and his stomach tightened because of the terror that he felt. He was completely scared because of what he just witnessed in the footage. He knew that he needed to take his family away from the house as soon as he could. He ran outside with Heather and Lily and phoned the police immediately.
A Plausible Explanation
Joshua was referred to the Scientific Paranormal Investigations of Michigan. It was a group that was focused on paranormal events happening in different areas. The group found something that made him more terrified than before. Mike Priest was the co-owner of the Scientific Paranormal Investigations of Michigan and sent a team to investigate what was happening inside the home of the couple.
After the group investigation, Joshua and Heather found out something terrifying that they decided to leave the house for their safety. After they watched the evidence that happened inside their house, their assumption that the main house and the guest house that was attached to it might be haunted.
They knew that there were strange happenings inside their house that made them terrified. In an interview with the family, Heather said, “I woke up to get ready for work one morning and it felt like someone was choking me,” she added on the interview “It shook me to the point where I decided to buy our camera.” She planned to uncover the truth of what was happening inside their house.
Heather understood that Joshua would not believe her if she told him that something eerie was happening inside their house. She decided not to tell him about the incident that was occurring. She stated that “There have been times where I and my fiancé would wake up in the morning and I would hear an angry male voice. Like someone had stubbed their toe.”
Waiting For A Response
Mike Priest was convinced that this was the work of the paranormal. He said, “I definitely believe something is going on at this house. We are looking forward to checking out this one as well.” He even claimed that not only him but also his team members were able to record strange sounds inside the house after they came in at Joshua’s request.
Mike Priest recounted that he heard something upon getting inside the house. He recalled, “We heard something say, ‘Oh here we go. Oh yeah.’ I heard it as plain as day.” And because of this, Mike Priest, together with his team, was determined to return to the residence of Joshua and Heather to perform a full-blown paranormal investigation.
Mike Priest explained that their main objective was to find out whether they could replicate the footage. And after that, their next step was to check whether they could find some logical explanation before they concluded that it was paranormal activity. Mike had hoped to find out what exactly the camera had recorded in Lily’s room.
Kris was the mother of Joshua and previously owned the house for more than a decade, 11 years to be exact. There was a possibility that she was the best person to ask about what could possibly be haunting the family. Kris explained, “I was told when we bought the houses 11 years ago the lady who owned the property died in the main house.”
The mother of Joshua had made further explanations from her prior comment, “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.”
And yet, somehow, there was another theory that came into light, and it was from Joshua’s father named Jim. Jim was highly convinced that the one who was terrorizing Joshua and Heather was the previous guesthouse tenant. In his interview with WXYZ-TV Detroit, Jim even mentioned, “The gentleman that lived here originally… (jumped) out this window, which is one story down.”
Heather and Joshua were not anywhere near the truth of the matter and they still had no idea who was stalking around Lily’s room at night. However, they both know what they should do about the matter. Heather explained, “It scares us that it could do something else. 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.”
The video that Heather and Joshua posted on social media went viral. This video chilled a lot of its audiences, but it was obvious that there would be some who were skeptical of what they had watched. Some of those who watched did not believe that there was an apparition and they claimed that there must be some sort of a simple trick or explanation for what had been recorded.
Kenny Biddle was someone who worked for the Skeptical Inquirer. In one of his works, he wrote the following, “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.
Kenny Biddle had even added more comments from his previous statement. He said, “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.”
Lack of Understanding
They all decided to just watch the footage again and did so at a later but unspecified time. They all meticulously reviewed the footage from the video cameras. However, even though they looked at the footage multiple times, there was still a lack of understanding of what they were seeing from the feed. In the end, they concluded that the distorted figure was a ghost.
In addition, Kenny continued, “We know from her statements that (Heather) discovered the scratches after waking the baby up from a nap, but there’s nothing to rule out the possibility Lily scratched herself while sleeping.” Because of his skepticisms, he decided to dig deeper into the story. And as he had investigated and dug deeper, he was able to find something noteworthy.
Kenny had further explained, “I’m not sure exactly what the motivation behind these claims is, but I do have my suspicions. 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.”
It seemed that the reason Heather was asking for five thousand dollars via a fundraiser on GoFundMe was so that she could move out of the guest house. She emphasized that the main reason for the fundraising was that she wanted to ensure her daughter’s safety from all the paranormal activity. Kenny was moved to reach out to Heather and sent a message to her on Facebook.
Kenny Biddle reached out to the owner of the viral video that he saw. He tried to communicate with Heather and said, “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.”
Kenny wrote the following in his message, “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.”
Looking For Confirmation
In an interview, Kenny mentioned that he was still waiting for a response from Heather. His last comment was, “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.”
To be honest, stories about haunted children are not that uncommon. In fact, this was not the only story out there that narrated about a haunted child. As it turned out, there was also a famous case in Illinois. Maritza Elizabeth was a 32-year-old mother who was greatly convinced that she had seen a baby ghost inside her child’s crib. One time, she started to prepare for bed after she had placed her baby of 18 months in the crib to sleep.
Maritza went inside her son’s room just to check in on him. As she came in, she found something odd when she watched the baby monitor. In the video feed, it was like her baby was curled up next to another baby’s face. Maritza got cold feet and panicked from what she saw. She did not know what she should do about the situation.
The mother was at a loss on what she should do. She felt extremely helpless because all that she could do during that moment was to watch. The spirit seemed to be focused on her son. She was frozen in place. She panicked about what next steps she should take. She was going to find out what was going on.
So Many Questions
Maritza found it impossible to sleep at night. There were a lot of thoughts and questions that kept her awake. She thought that her son might be in danger. She hoped that the spirit was not harmful to her child. And most importantly, she kept on thinking about what she could do to help and assure her son’s safety. And while her son slept soundly, she decided that it was time to investigate.
The mother was determined and set out to find out more about the spirit that joined his son inside the crib. Without much of a second thought, she grabbed a flashlight and went on with her investigation. During an interview with the local news, the terrified mother admitted, “I even tried creeping in there with a flashlight while my son was sleeping.”
Maritza could not help but wonder what she found in his room. Maybe it really was the spirit. She decided to document what had happened. She went online and posted the photo of the scene she had seen on the baby monitor. She added a caption that said, “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.”
The mother did not notice anything wrong with the crib. In her most recent interview with the Yahoo Lifestyle UK, she said, “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.”
In one of her interviews, Maritza recalled, “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.” What made things even worse was the fact that her husband was working overtime at work. This meant that she was the only one with the kids all throughout the night.
Maritza’s story even reached the media. In one of her interviews for a news outlet, she said, “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 son of Maritza was feeling under the weather at that time. This was why Maritza decided to be quiet and careful so that her child would not be woken up. She meticulously entered and sneaked into his son’s room to investigate. In the end, she was unable to identify what the figure was. Soon, she gave up and went back to her room.
Through The Night
At long last, the sun had finally risen from the sky, Maritza came back to her son’s room. She wanted to finally settle once and for all that she might have seen the night before. She took a deep breath and threaded into the room. She walked to the blinds and gradually opened them. She braced herself to whatever she would discover.
Opening The Blinds
Maritza had finally decided to open the blinds and what she saw deeply shocked her to the core. Maritza had said in an interview, “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.”
Finally, there were no answers to the mystery. As it turned out, there was, in fact, no ghost baby, and it was nothing more than just a tag on her baby’s mattress. Her husband had accidentally forgotten to place the mattress topper on her son’s bed after he changed the sheets. This was the source of the unsettling illusion.
Maritza could not explain her emotions. She could not believe what had happened. After the night that she felt terror, after all, what she had gone through, she could not believe that was it. She could no longer suppress her feelings, so she decided to vent what had happened to Facebook. She created a post in one of the mothers’ groups she was added in. She added a photo that she had taken the night before and posted it together with another photo of the mattress when morning came. She wondered what the other mothers would say.
It was not very surprising that the ladies who were included in her Facebook group considered what had happened as extremely hilarious. These women even requested for Maritza to change the privacy settings of what she had posted. They asked Maritza to share the story publicly. This was because they wanted to share what had happened to all their other friends. Maritza didn’t think much about it and happily obliged.
There were multiple times when the whole situation had been brought to life, and each time they talked about it, Maritza would always remember how frustrated she was with her husband. She was so unhappy to the point that she even said, “I could kill him.” Ever since the post had been put up on social media, it had gone viral and parents from all around the globe could not help but laugh over the mistake.
In The Same Boat
Many mothers and fathers could relate to what had happened. It was safe to say that all parents were just in the same boat with Maritza. It was understandable for parents to be just as scared if they happened to be in Maritza’s shoes. There was even one parent who said that “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.”
Telling The Story
Maritza decided to share what had happened to her husband. Once she had finished narrating the story to her beloved, his reaction was a little underwhelming. According to Marissa, “he just laughed.” However, it did not escape Maritza’s notice that her husband helped with the household chore because he even changed the sheets after their son had woken up “crying and wet,” and had forgotten to put the mattress protector back on.
The responses to this story varied from one comment to another. The post received an estimate of five hundred thousand reactions and had around three hundred thousand comments. There was one person who wrote a comment that said, “I’m screaming.” Another commenter mentioned that “That looks so creepy.” There were also simpler comments with some who responded with just the three-letter “LOL.”
Once the day had met its end, the mother made a strong but funny comment, “I couldn’t even believe the response and couldn’t have imaged that it would spread so far beyond my friends.” In addition to that, she even joked about what happened and said something to which many parents could relate. “It was my husband’s fault. I still blame my husband.”