A mother who thought her daughter was just having a nightmare was horrified the next morning when she looked at security cameras inside the house.
The mother found the eight-year-old girl distraught at her home in Strathalbyn, Australia, in the middle of the night – but believed she had just had a bad dream.
But the next morning, the mother checked the video surveillance in the house and found that a stranger had been snooping around the house.
She was horrified to find a man lurking just outside her daughter’s bedroom.
CCTV footage showed Jamie Phillip Mongoo, 33, entering the home just after midnight on June 2.
He snuck into the girl’s bedroom and climbed a ladder to her bunk bed before touching her arm and back and whispering something to her, the Western Australian reports.
The girl reportedly said to Mongoo, “Stop it, you’re scaring me, go away.”
Her mother was awakened by the sound of her daughter’s voice and the intruder is said to have fled.
The girl told her mum someone was in her room and she assumed it was just a bad dream – until she checked the cameras in the morning.
Mongoo, a former ice cream factory worker, was later arrested after an anonymous tip.
He has pleaded guilty to burglary and mutual assault after breaking into the home.
The mother said she felt ill after realizing her daughter had not been dreaming.
“I suddenly felt sick and angry when I first saw that my CCTV had picked up someone right outside my child’s bedroom,” she said.
“I expected to calm her down by showing her that there is nothing, only to find out that her nightmare was our reality.
“I can’t put into words how relieved I am that I just installed cameras.
“I hate to think that my daughter could have had this experience just so no one would believe her.”
She added, “The idea of a stranger being in the house and climbing onto her bed seemed so impossible that I was positive it was a bad dream.”
But she said she is proud of her daughter for standing up for herself.
“I never thought this could happen to my family, but it did and despite the trauma, most of the time I’m incredibly proud of my daughter and how she’s responded,” the mother said.
“Teach kids how to ask for help and how to stand up for themselves.”
Mongoo has also pleaded guilty to a number of charges – including trespassing and fraud on 13 counts.
He is scheduled to appear in court on November 17.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6032339/daughter-nightmare-cctv-next-morning-burglar/ I thought my eight year old daughter was having a nightmare but what I saw on CCTV the next morning sent me chills to the bone