A disturbed mum claims that she heard a chilling man’s voice through her toddler’s baby monitor. Horrifyingly, she heard the voice saying the baby was “a cute one”.
Kiara, from Melbourne, Australia, said that on October 29 she was woken up in the early hours by a voice on her son’s baby monitor.
The mum of three had put her six-month-old in his own room just weeks earlier but used the baby monitor to monitor her son, who was born prematurely.
She told Kidspot: “My partner Daniel and I were sleeping, everything was quiet and dark.
“Then I heard it, a really deep man’s voice that doesn’t belong to anyone that I know.
“I heard him say, ‘Mmm … that’s a cute one’.
“I was frozen. I was so scared. I reached over to my partner and squeezed his arm so he would wake up.”
Daniel, Kiara’s partner, then began to check all the rooms in their house. However, Kiara was convinced that the sound was coming from her phone. It was on her bedside table and connected to the baby monitor through the wifi.
Immediately, the disturbed couple unplugged the monitor and Kiara uninstalled the app from her phone.
“I didn’t want to think about all the disgusting things that they were thinking of looking at my baby,” she said.
The mum said that she purchased the baby monitor from retailer Kmart and that she’d compared lots of monitors before settling on one made by Mirabella.
When setting the monitor up, Kiara and Daniel had taken steps to make sure that the network was secure. They set up new passwords for the monitor and app instead of using default ones and set a strong password for the wifi too.
She said: “I had heard of this stuff happening, but only in the movies.
“I thought it would never happen to me, that’s why I was so shocked.”
Following the incident, Kiara began to recall having heard other strange noises coming from the camera late at night. Yet she’d always disregarded it as being the camera shaking, as it hadn’t been mounted securely on the cot. Even though she’d put it on the adjacent wall, the odd noises had continued.
Horrified by the incident, Kiara took the baby monitor back to Kmart and informed the store about what had happened. However, she’s not heard anything back since.
Kiara has decided that if she gets another monitor, it’ll be likely she settles for a voice one only. She says that the experience has put her off using cameras altogether.
In a statement, Kiara told Kidspot that the monitors had been produced to “international standards for a global market”.
The statement said: “The product has had excellent reviews, and to the best of its knowledge, the baby monitor is a secure device.”
Each device is meant to come with a unique security key and is inaccessible to others. The company is “unaware of any other hacking incident or vulnerability for its devices.”