Like most parents, Minnesota couple Jay and Sarah put a baby monitor in their 3-year-old son’s bedroom. One day, in 2015, their son said he was suddenly scared, and that someone was talking to him over the phone at night. Jay and Sarah had no idea what he was talking about, but they decided to look into the baby monitor’s activity.

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What they discovered is absolutely terrifying. Jay and Sarah went public with their story — that a stranger hacked into the baby monitor, was spying on their son, and saying disturbing things to him at night. On the monitor, they heard a man’s voice saying, “Wake up little boy, Daddy’s looking for you.” As Sarah walked into the room on the monitor, Jay heard the voice say, “Look, someone’s coming.” They also noticed the monitor moved, even when they weren’t controlling it.

Frightened beyond belief, the couple contacted the monitor’s maker and learned it was indeed possible for a hacker to control the baby monitor with a laptop or smartphone. However, there was no way of knowing who or from where the hacker lived! And apparently, this type of crime is becoming more common since newer baby monitors come with internet connection, making it easier for criminals to hack into the system.

Jay and Sarah shared their horrifying story with the media to warn other parents.