Shannon Richardson’s 15-month-old son Freddie had been waking up every night around 2am and she and her partner Jack couldn’t work out why, until one night they found out the truth
A ‘sickened’ mum fears her family have been spied on in their own home for weeks after her toddler kept waking in the night – only for them to discover a ‘creep’ talking to him through the baby camera.
Shannon Richardson, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, says her 15-month-old son Freddie had been inexplicably waking up every night around 2am and refusing to go back to sleep, leaving her and partner Jack Gray perplexed.
However, the couple were horrified to discover the ‘explanation’ – when they heard a ‘deep male voice’ talking to little Freddie through the camera, which was so clear they thought someone was in the house at first.
Racing into their son’s room, Jack ripped the ‘hacked’ monitor out of the wall from where it had been positioned to film their youngster – before throwing it into a skip.
Shannon, 22, was left so scared that it could be a ‘local man’ that she insisted on staying at her mum’s house even after it had been thrown away and once home had Freddie stay in bed with her.
Now the care assistant fears that the man could have been watching their son for weeks and even seeing the couple trying to calm him, with images on the monitor showing Jack climbing into the cot to try to sooth his son.
Shannon said: “The sickness, upset and disgust we feel is awful. How long has this creep been watching Freddie’s room? We get him changed after bath times and put him to bed in there.
“We don’t know how long this has been going on for because, for a while, he’d been waking up at the same time in the night at around 2am and we weren’t able to settle him.
“Jack was getting in the cot to try and comfort him. We’d been trying to settle him and nothing would work so we think someone was waking him up.
“But now we’ve removed the baby monitor, he hasn’t been waking up in the night.”
Images caught on the monitor show Jack, who works in fire and flood restoration, comforting his son in the cot in the middle of the night in the weeks leading up to the incident in October, to no avail.
Shannon said: “It was around 2.30am and me and Jack were watching TV.
“We had the camera on and we heart rustling so we watched it for a minute thinking it was probably Freddie moving around in his cot.
“All of a sudden, we heard this really deep, male voice and it was so clear, we thought he was in the bedroom.
“He was saying ‘baby’ and ‘baba’ like he was trying to wake Freddie up. Jack ran upstairs and barged into Freddie’s room.
“No one was in there but the monitor moved towards Jack’s direction. The voice had come through the monitor. Jack just ripped the monitor out of the wall and picked Freddie up.
“We went into our bedroom and just sat there not knowing what to do. We were in shock. I didn’t know what to believe or to think.”
Shannon says the man’s voice had been so clear that they thought someone was in the house and that the incident has left her feeling scared in her own home.
Shannon said: “Jack threw the monitor in a skip. I didn’t want to be in my house, I kept going to my mum’s even though the monitor was gone.
“I didn’t feel comfortable and I was on edge. I was scared because we didn’t know if it was a local man.
“I wasn’t comfortable putting Freddie to bed on his own so he was sleeping in my bed with me but I had to eventually put him in his own bed so he didn’t get too used to being with me.”
Shannon had been given the video baby monitor as a gift while she was pregnant and had been using it ever since Freddie was born,
Shannon said: “I thought it was really handy because when he was in bed, it was nice to be able to see him.
“We’ve been using it since he was born. Baby monitors are supposed to be a safe thing to watch your baby.
“You would never think that someone else would be watching them through it.”