She was very confused at the beginning. After all, she had no explanation for what was happening in their home at night. The first weird occurrences were the weird noises at the wee hours of the night. However, this was not the last straw for her… far from it! At first, she wondered if her partner was messing with her in the middle of the night. When he denied any involvement with it, she decided that it was time to be serious about the whole thing. You know what they say… desperate times call for desperate measures!
Watching The Video
What else was she supposed to do but to watch the footage? She had a theory in mind, and she wanted to see if it was true. Thanks to the baby monitor, they would finally see what really happened in the baby’s room when they were asleep. She was convinced that Lily was not scratcher her own face.
Scratches On Their Baby
She got ready to watch the video. Even until then, she thought that she was going to see her boyfriend there. However, she eventually realized that she was totally mistaken about that. This only made her worry. At the time, Heather Brough and Joshua Higgins stayed at a Michigan home that his mom owned.
She Was Worried
The couple has a lovely daughter by the name of Lily. When this story happened, she was only one year old. This small family had been living in peace in the guesthouse until things started to get weird. For Heather, what set off warning bells was the scratches that she saw on her baby’s face one morning.
At A Loss
At first, she thought that it was just some kind of accident. It was possible for babies to graze their faces in their sleep. However, she figured out that this was not the case since more scratches showed up once the initial ones healed over. This meant that she had to bring it up with Joshua. Did he know about it?
The Perfect Family
From the outside, it looked like Joshua and Heather had everything that you could ask for. They were young, lived in a beautiful town, and had a little girl. It felt like they could do whatever they wanted! When these things started to happen, they were both at a total loss for what to do next.
They Wanted Answers
One night, she woke up thanks to a bunch of weird noises coming from a different part of the house. She listened carefully and heard squeals, thumps, and footsteps. What was going on? It was not nice to wake up to these things, especially so late at night. She wanted to get to the bottom of things!
Heather asked Joshua about it. She wondered if he was the one getting up at night for whatever reason. On top of that, she asked if he went to Lily the previous night and brought up the scratches on their baby’s face. It was not easy to do this since it could lead to the disintegration of their relationship!
Even Worse Than That
Joshua did not take kindly to these allegations. Things were tense between the couple for this very reason. Despite this, it was the only way to explain what was going on. Heather wondered if she needed to catch him red-handed. In the end, the revelation showed things far worse than what she had in mind!
Her Different Theories
Joshua was adamant as he insisted that he did not have anything with either the scratches or the noises. By then, Heather wondered if she simply imagined all those things. If not, maybe it was an animal. She was less convinced since she always made the effort to close all the windows and doors at night.
A Horrible Realization
This meant one thing. It was probably something that was already inside the guesthouse! Could it be a person or an animal? Heather had no idea, but she did not want it to terrorize their household any longer. She and Joshua agreed on a plan. They got a baby monitor to watch what was really going on.
It Happened Once More
They considered the position of the camera. After all, it had to be at an angle that would focus on the crib. Joshua felt that Lily was simply scratching her face at night. This did not seem likely to Heather. After all, she made sure to keep their daughter’s nails short after the first time that she saw the scratches!
Top Of The Line
Heather was tired of not knowing the answers to her question. What was really happening in their very own house when they were asleep? They invested in a baby monitor in the hopes that it will clear things up for them. In fact, the couple bought Logitech Circle 2 since it came with night vision!
They Needed Help
Heather was concerned when she checked in on Lily and found fresh scratches on the baby’s face. Even though this was worrying, she knew that it had been caught on tape. She picked up the monitor. At last, they could finally see what was really happening at night. Curious, she decided to check out the video.
After hitting the play button, she saw that there was a blurry thing in the room. When she first saw it, she thought that it was Joshua like she originally thought. It looked like he was walking around their house for some reason. But why would he hide it from her? Why would he lie to her about this?
Other Weird Stuff
Heather wondered if he was trying to pull a prank on her. It did not seem to be the case. Could he have been sleepwalking without knowing it? As she continued to watch, it hit her that she was mistaken. This was not Joshua, after all. The realization only dawned upon her when the shadow passed by the crib.
The Baby Stood Up
It seemed like the baby could tell that someone was in the room as well. She grabbed the sites and pulled herself into a standing position. The man then went in the direction that the baby monitor was facing. Heather knew that she was wrong. From this angle, Heather could tell that this was not her boyfriend!
A Complete Stranger
When she figured this out, she could not help the panic that flooded her system. Her heart was beating very loudly as her breathing hitched. The man did not look like anyone she knew at all! When she realized that this was the case, she only became even more scared and concerned. Who was he?!
The strange man in the video checked out the rest of the room. It was terrifying for Heather to witness this for herself. She had no idea who it could possibly be. Even though it was hard to accept that someone was going around her house, it was also a relief to find out what was really going on at night.
Watching It Again
Heather replayed the same video several times. After all, she did not want to miss even a single detail. This was how she noticed a particular scene in the video. In one moment, the intruder passes by the baby and turns wholly transparent. Heather was also shocked by this. A human could not do that.
A Bad Experience
She knew that she had to show this to Joshua so that he will understand how serious it was. “It was chilling… It was literally a chill down your spine, like that ‘what if’ factor — Is this what I just saw?” Meanwhile, Heather said, “Seeing Lily’s face with the scratches was so bizarre and frightening,” he said.
They Were Stressed Out
She was very stressed out by then. “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,” this poor mom said.
After Joshua watched the video, he had the same reaction that Heather did. He was terrified as well! It felt like his insides turned cold when he realized the implications of this story. Before anything else, his concern was their immediate safety. This was he ended up bringing the baby and his girlfriend home.
The Scientific Paranormal Investigations of Michigan might be able to help them out of this mess. Joshua contacted the team and asked for help. The co-owner of the company went by the name Mike Priest. He also sent several people to check out the house. They wanted to see if the house was truly haunted.
The House Was Haunted
When they saw the video, Heather and Joshua knew that they could not stay at the house any longer. After the team checked it out, they had something to tell the couple. Their findings revealed that they were correct to think that the house was haunted. It was not just the guest house but the main one too!
Another Weird Thing
Heather admitted that there was more to the story than just those scratches and the noises. She talked about what else happened in the house. “I woke up to get ready for work one morning and it felt like someone was choking me,” she shared, “It shook me to the point where I decided to buy our camera.”
All To Herself
Sadly, she knew that Joshua was not going to believe her right away. This was why she did not share it with him. “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,” she continued.
What The Experts Say
“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 explained that the team heard weird sounds when they visited the guest house after talking to the couple. This is never a good sign. But what did they hear?
A Bizarre Noise
“We heard something say, ‘Oh here we go. Oh yeah.’ I heard it as plain as day,” Mike Priest narrated. The thought of it already sends a chill down our spine! According to Priest, the team was going to pay the house another visit soon. If they wanted to figure out the truth, they had to be more thorough.
A Rational Explanation
Don’t worry, the team knows what it is doing. Mike even said that they will put in the effort to replicate the footage first. After all, it is important to rule out any rational explanation before they rule it out as a haunting! They can only do that once they fail to come up with a way to explain the video.
But what did the homeowner have to say? Joshua’s mom Kris had owned it for 11 years. She knows the house better than anyone else in existence! According to her, it had a weird past. She shared, “I was told when we bought the houses 11 years ago the lady who owned the property died in the main house.”
The Creepy History
“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,” she narrated in greater detail. How creepy is it to hear that?
A New Theory
Joshua’s father threw a theory of his own into the mix. Jim said that it must be an old tenant of the guesthouse. He shared his thoughts when he spoke to WXYZ-TV Detroit. “The gentleman that lived here originally… (jumped) out this window, which is one story down,” the older man recounted.
Might Be Harmful
“It scares us that it could do something else,” Heather admitted, “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 Went Viral
The couple decided to share the terrifying story on social media with the video to boot. It went viral in no time. People were creeped out by what they saw. However, the evidence failed to convince every single person who witnessed it. Others tried to come up with a more rational way to explain things!
Others Were Skeptical
“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,” said Kenny Biddle of the Skeptical Inquirer. He went on, “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.”
A Great Theory
The expert went on, “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.”
A Distorted Figure
“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,” Biddle continued. Even so, this did not explain the scratches on Lily. “Aside from the technical issues, it is not uncommon for babies to scratch themselves.”
About The Scratches
“We know from her statements that (Heather) discovered the scratches after waking the baby up from a nap,” Biddle said, “… but there’s nothing to rule out the possibility Lily scratched herself while sleeping.” It is interesting to hear the thoughts of a skeptic! He also learned an interesting thing about the couple.
Their GoFundMe Campaign
“I’m not sure exactly what the motivation behind these claims is, but I do have my suspicions,” he said. “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.”
The Family Wanted To Move
“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,” Biddle explained. He knew that it was better to hear it from the source herself. This was why he messaged Heather on Facebook!
Sending Her A Message
“Hello, my name is Kenny Biddle, and I’ve been investigating paranormal claims for the last 20+ years,” he told her at the beginning of the message. He went on to say, “Your video of what is believed to be a ghost walking in your house was brought to my attention by several paranormal groups.”
“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.”
No Response From Her
“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,” he said, “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.” She has not responded to him yet.
Not The Only One
Can you believe that there are other scary stories that involve babies? Check out this story about Maritza Elizabeth, who was 32 years old when this story took place. The mother was shocked to find a ghostly figure in the crib beside her baby! This happened as she was preparing to go to bed.
Another Baby Beside Him
They used a baby monitor to ensure that the baby was safe and sound. After taking a look at the device, she took a double take. What was that?! She saw her son in the crib, but he was not the only person there. There was another baby’s face beside him on the bed.
No Clue What To Do
Maritza had no idea what to do now. After all, no one ever prepared her for situations that involve a phantom baby. She felt worried because the ghostly thing looked fixated on the little boy. What was she going to do now? Her heart was racing as she tried to figure out what to do about it.
So Many Questions
More than anything else, her priority was to ensure that her son was all right. She was worried that this ghost was going to hurt her child. But how could she do this? It was difficult because no one had ever prepared her for such a situation. Her son seemed like he was fast asleep at the time.
A Brave Mother
Maritza made up her mind. She was going to check in on her son no matter what. The brave mother grabbed a flashlight and dropped by her son’s room. “I even tried creeping in there with a flashlight while my son was sleeping,” she narrated to the local news. But what did she find in there?
She Was Scared
We are sure that she was scared out of her wits! Luckily, she was able to muster enough courage to check in on her son. After this, she got to talk about it online. She posted a photo of her baby monitor to explain what she saw. In the caption, she explained, “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.”
Could Not Find Anything
Maritza explained what took place when she entered his room. She told Yahoo Lifestyle UK, “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.”
“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. To make things even worse and more terrifying, her husband was not around that night. He was working, so she was the only adult in the house.
Nothing Seemed Wrong
When she spoke to the press, she shared what happened. 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.”
It Could Wait
Maritza had to be careful when she entered the room. After all, her son was already feeling sick! It was not a good idea to wake him up for no good reason. When she realized that he was all right, she returned to her own bed. Now that she knew that her son was safe and sound, she could rest easy.
The Moment Of Truth
After checking in on him, she decided that it could wait until the morning. Her son was not in immediate danger, if at all. When she got up in the morning, she visited his room to figure out what exactly happened last night. She was still scared as she drew back the blinds. What was she going to find out about it?
Below The Sheet
Even though she was confused, she knew that there must be an explanation for it. “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 revealed. Hold on… what?
The Big Surprise
The truth was that the phantom baby was nothing more than just a mattress tag. Maritza realized that her husband simply forgot to cover the bed with a mattress topper after he changed the sheets! It was only a case of optical illusion and nothing more. How did the revelation make this mother feel?
She Could Not Believe It
She was in a state of shock. After everything that she went through the previous night, it was something so innocuous. Maritza decided to share this funny story on Facebook with her friends. She first wrote about it on a group for mothers. She attached the scary photo so that they would understand her.
Like us, other people who heard about the story thought that it was the most hilarious thing. As a matter of fact, people asked Maritza to change the post settings to public! They just wanted to share this story with other people and give her credit for it. To be fair, it is a truly funny story.
When Maritza talked about her experience, she did not show any hints that she was happy with what her husband did. In fact, she once shared, “I could kill him.” A funny story like that was bound to receive a lot of attention on the internet. Isn’t it amazing that thousands of people from across the world loved it?
In Her Place
In our opinion, it was quite impressive that Maritza could stay calm like that for such a long time. Many parents admitted that they would have just freaked out if they were in her shoes. “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.”
He Just Laughed
Folks wanted to know what her husband had to say for himself. “He just laughed,” Maritza said. Apart from this, she explained the dynamics of their relationship. For one thing, he changed the sheets since the baby was “crying and wet.” Sadly, this problem arose since he forgot about the mattress protector.
Their Two Cents
In a short period of time, the post got almost half a million reactions. It also gained 300,000 comments! “I’m screaming,” said one user. A different netizen chimed in to say, “That looks so creepy.” On the other hand, some people wanted to express what they felt about in a short and simple manner: “lol.”
Not Her Fault
In the end, Maritza had only one thing to say. “I couldn’t even believe the response and couldn’t have imaged that it would spread so far beyond my friends,” she said. Apart from that, she knew whose fault it was. It definitely wasn’t hers! “It was my husband’s fault,” she explained, “I still blame my husband.”