Woman Captures Photo of "Ghost" Stalking Her Baby, and it's Stumping Internet Detectives and Freaking Us Out

Woman Captures Photo of “Ghost” Stalking Her Baby, and it’s Stumping Internet Detectives and Freaking Us Out

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An eerie photograph of a baby-stalking ghost is sending chills down Redditors’ spines, and even the most seasoned armchair detectives are having a hard time explaining the image.

The strange image, which was posted early yesterday evening by a user with the screen name “RickieOnRadio”, was posted to Reddit with title, “My auntie has just taken a picture of her son after his bath. They were the only two people in the house at the time.”

Rickie added that “a strange figure with a weird shaped hand has appeared in the background” baffling his family and scaring his Aunt.

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The photograph doesn’t appear very weird on first glance, showing what appears to be the oddly proportioned arms of a person standing in the background of the photo. Honestly, it just looks like there’s a person reaching for the child in a poorly-timed photograph.. nothing very spooky. However, there isn’t enough space in the room for anyone to be standing there in the first place.

According to Ricky, there was absolutely no one else in the room when the photo was snapped, and he ruled out reflections as well, telling readers that there’s no mirror in the room.

Little is known about the history of the house, though RickieonRadio explained to other Reddit users that the property has been in the family for quite some time. Yesterday Rickie posted new images to demonstrate the actual layout of the bathroom (without the poltergeist this time), giving internet sleuths a chance to flex their muscles of deduction.

After everyone got over the shock of how small the space by the toilet actually was, one photoshop-savvy redditor took the image of both the “ghost” and the empty bathroom and created an overlay to prove that if someone had simply been standing in front of the mother and child, well.. they would have had to contort their body, while half standing in the nearby toilet.

As skeptic marmijar_soft put it, “the simplest solution, that it is just a person standing there, is definitely not the case.”

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Have chills yet?

Did a new mother manage to capture a baby-stalking spook on film? Or is there a “simpler” explanation.. like contortionists standing in toilets? Let us know what you think! Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, tweet us @WeirdHQ, or drop us a line in the comments below!


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52 Comments

  1. JeremyZero

    07/05/2013 at 8:09 AM

    All we’ve been able to establish is that it’s really weird and creepy.

    • Mark

      07/08/2013 at 1:35 AM

      All I have been able to establish is how shitty that bathroom floor is.
      Seriously wooden floor in a wet area?

    • Linda

      07/11/2013 at 10:51 AM

      And why is she taking a picture of her baby in front of the toilet??

      • Weston

        10/25/2013 at 5:51 PM

        I was thinking that too

      • mia dean

        10/12/2014 at 4:58 PM

        I know right i was thinkin the same thing

  2. Parachasers

    07/05/2013 at 8:25 AM

    At first glance yes it looks strange but after really looking at it you notice the pinkish red object in the very top left corner is actually right in front of the camera most people I’m sure are assuming it’s some kind of a blurred shirt.Then when you look down below it seems like some white shorts well they’re not actually white shorts if you look closer you notice that the object has Octagonal angles and is actually right on the wooden floor. So if you happen to look at the base of the toilet you will also notice the same octagonal angles at the base of the toilet coincidence probably not. Now the hand actually has a shadow against this toilet. Who knows if it was reaching for TP but apparently this is an issue of a jacked up camera merging pictures or photo manipulation. Enjoy!

    • Sergei

      07/05/2013 at 6:38 PM

      Taking a closer look at the “shorts” on the mystery figure reveals that it may just be a skewed reflection of the water basin for the toilet, while the red “shirt” is just a blurred image right on the lens. This, coupled with the odd position of the hand, leads me to believe that this may be a case of poor camera work whilst trying to snap a photo of a baby, one-handed with what, I surmise, is just a potato of a cell-phone camera. While I would very much like for this to be a ghost, I’ve never seen a spectral image this vivid and solid, so it immediately sends up red flags for me.

    • Jason

      07/06/2013 at 4:56 PM

      Obviously the pink object is the woman’s finger. The white clothing is a shirt.

    • Frederica Bimble

      11/09/2013 at 8:31 AM

      I agree. It is a double exposure that the camera managed to produce somehow. The roundish pink object on the top is a finger covering the edge of the frame and the hand is resting against a white, cylindrical object. If you look closely, you can even see what looks like the angle of the wall meeting the floor but the floor in slightly skewed so you can see the overlap. Nothing ‘supernatural’ here.

    • fatman

      02/04/2014 at 7:54 AM

      I agree; the white portion to the left definitely looks like the upper portion and the slightly visible base of the toilet (the tank being a pale cream color) with a hand reaching across and casting a shadow upon the seat lid. That red blur could be anything not recalled by the photographer.
      Busted.

  3. GrizzlySWPA

    07/05/2013 at 9:13 AM

    At first, I definitely thought it was weird… I still do. However, if you look hard at the picture, it’s almost as though the “ghost” is standing sideways, and turning slightly at the waist so both hands appear in the picture. The picture of just the toilet looks as though you could probably stand sideways between the wall and the toilet. Who knows, still up in the air for me.

    • Devlynn

      07/16/2013 at 8:58 AM

      My thoughts exactly, I think this is a hoax, someone could totally fit between the toilet and the wall if they were standing sideways. it looks like someone was standing there and was turning to grab the baby and the photo has a tad of motion blur to make it appear fuzzy and creepy, but that’s all. Total bunk in my opinion.

      • Dougie (female)

        09/17/2013 at 1:50 AM

        No. I do not think it is a ghost. But it is DEF not someone standing sideways.. Come on.. The pink “shirt” is so obviously on the lense. Being her finger most likely, and the white “skirt” (cuz it doesn’t look like shirts at all people) is most likely porcelain or some hard material and u see the blue footprint on the wooden floor in the non ghost pic, well there is wood and blue to the left if the pic where the wall should be. The hand? Well.. Either photo shop or over lay. But that’s just my opinion.

  4. Aimee

    07/05/2013 at 9:29 AM

    When they said “stalking” I was hoping for a series of photographs. It’s unfortunate that there’s only this one…and it’s probably something goofy happening with the camera.

  5. Baxter

    07/05/2013 at 12:04 PM

    Yeah, I wish I actually saw something wrong in this photo. Saying that there is no room for someone to be standing there is like claiming that the baby is a giant because it appears to be larger than the toilet. We need more info before making those claims. I agree with Aimee that there needs to be a track record before this poor ghost can be accused of “stalking”. Pretty unfair, really.
    I also think we all know the folly of just taking someone’s word for it that no one was actually standing there. As far as you know, I’m not actually typing this response right now. It is a ghost that I don’t even have photos of because it is better at stalking than this bathroom ghost. Until we have more information, we’re safe relying on Ockham’s Razor.

    • Lee Robbins

      07/05/2013 at 12:23 PM

      Hey everyone its the fun police, here to make sure that everyone knows “ghost stories” probably arent ghosts. Thanks for that. Please share your wisdom about things like god and aliens and comic books next so we dont find ourselves believing in silliness any more oh serious one.

      • Frederica Bimble

        11/09/2013 at 8:35 AM

        Why get so upset over valid points? I don’t find anything ‘serious’ about that person’s post. It is more pointing about the importance of questioning what we are told and searching for answers rather than swallowing what other people tell us hook, line and sinker. Nothing wrong with that. It is right to point out that we don’t know whether there is enough room for a person to stand between the wall and the toilet. In fact, it was my first thought: ‘I would fit in that space’.

    • R.A.

      07/05/2013 at 2:13 PM

      Haha. So you think the photo is bullshit, you think the witness’ claims are bullshit, and you think Dana’s write-up and choice of headline is bullshit.
      Occam’s Razor suggests to me that your claim that you “wish you saw something in this photo” is bullshit.

  6. dawn

    07/05/2013 at 12:29 PM

    Spirit of the baby’s grandmother who passed…

  7. alanborky

    07/05/2013 at 1:07 PM

    Dana might I suggest the key to this picture’s the area round the baby’s right shoulder.

    Look down at the floor and you can see the area of brown paint stained floorboard running parallel to the turquoise coloured wall.

    The problem is it’s pointing out the picture when it should almost be at right angles to itself pointing in.

    This makes me suspect whoever’s supporting the baby in the crook of their arm’s also juggling with an object with a highly reflective surface just out past the baby’s shoulder.

    I further suspect it’s cylindrical in shape and either contains a red substance like soap or has a red cap.

  8. Anonymouso

    07/05/2013 at 2:49 PM

    If you’re going to use the crop tool in Photoshop to add a ghost, at least remember to leave the floor out of the wall as well.

    Why is there a big brown wood-panelled splotch mark floating in the middle of her wall? Could it be the same brown wood-panelled floor from another photo in the same bathroom?

    Probably.

    Terrible editing skills, I don’t think this would’ve passed my high school photo editing course.

    • Fooky

      07/08/2013 at 6:22 AM

      The ghost brought its own floor, obviously.

    • Mike

      07/15/2013 at 10:50 AM

      That looks more like the right hand to me than the floor. If so that had is even creepier looking

  9. ron angel

    07/05/2013 at 8:29 PM

    Someone is holding a doll by the head off camera to her left. people see and belive what they want to.nice one though to get everyone “at it”,and harmless fun. Here is another one,sorry to spoil fun unless of course I am wrong…
    http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/10522509._Ghost_woman__captured_on_camera_in_cemetery/?ref=eb#commentsList

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  11. XDisk

    07/07/2013 at 9:22 AM

    A few thoughts.

    Just because there’s not a mirror mounted on the wall doesn’t mean there wasn’t one leaning there when the picture was taken.

    Also most of the picture is relatively in focus except for the “ghost”. It is especially blurry where it is closest to the baby’s head. In fact, some of the shirt is bleeding over the woman’s arm. I would suspect some amateur Photoshop skills might have been involved. Overall this would not be a difficult photo to create.

    Just my 2¢.

    X.

    • Cherie

      07/09/2013 at 11:03 AM

      I’ll add my $.02 to yours. I was thinking mirror too – but an out-of-focus shot would create a bleed-over. I don’t think the hand and are are particularly odd either; shirt looks loose-fitting.

  12. Nick

    07/09/2013 at 5:45 PM

    Actually, that hand looks suspiciously like a baby’s hand, which is why it appears to be oddly proportioned. Because it is. How it came to be right there, however, is anyone’s guess. Isn’t the phone basically a computer? Just a corrupted file likely.

  13. Jason

    07/10/2013 at 1:36 PM

    I have seen this phenomenon before. Assuming that this isn’t complete BS and assuming this individual is using a digital camera or a cell phone with a memory card in it. If you are not already aware, when you delete something from a digital storage device, you aren’t completely getting rid of it. There is still going to be a digital “ghost” for lack of a better word and that image, with the right know how, can be recovered. Now, at the same time, when you use and reuse a digital storage device, capturing, deleting and replacing images, the memory surface keeps all those digital “ghosts” and while uncommon, these “ghosts” sometimes leak to the surface when you take yet another picture and can show up in your new picture. It has happened to me several times with a smart phone memory card. Had a picture of a pair of sandals, that I had taken and deleted the previous year, superimposed over my son’s face.

    • Izkata

      04/13/2014 at 1:51 PM

      Either someone was screwing with you, or you use a film-based camera and don’t remember right. Digital memory doesn’t work like that – if it did, computers wouldn’t function.

  14. Douglas

    07/11/2013 at 9:42 AM

    Here’s a link to a web forum where problems with superimposed and garbled pictures have come up:

    http://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-74762-1.html

    Check out the superimposed pics, to be honest, they don’t really resemble the picture in question. In fact, in the picture we have, the ‘mystery body’ seems to be clearly behind the baby’s head, I don’t see the obvious superimposition effects as per the link I provided above.

    One of the forum comments is to the effect that the superimposition examples are an unusual phenomenom (in the individual’s experience).

  15. EmmSeven20

    07/16/2013 at 10:18 PM

    The shadow being created by the hand points to something other than the paranormal, at least for me. Unless of course, ghosts can create shadows!

  16. Tim Whitcher

    07/17/2013 at 6:26 PM

    Crappy photoshop. The scary part is that toilet.

  17. anon

    07/26/2013 at 2:06 AM

    If not deliberate, my guess is it’s an artifact left over from another picture taken with the camera that was burned into the new image.

  18. Lardy

    07/29/2013 at 8:29 PM

    Well, as far as I can tell the fleshy block in the top right of the photo is his auntie’s finger in the shot.
    The hand and shorts, however… Ah, fv<k it, I figured out the finger thing. Whatever.

  19. Syls

    08/04/2013 at 8:06 PM

    That is one savvy-looking baby. Also, is that his ear on the left? That’s a hell of an odd looking ear if it is. If it isn’t, where are his ears?

  20. Tim Whitcher

    08/27/2013 at 8:05 PM

    Can’t a ghost get any privacy in the crapper?

  21. brandon diehl

    12/19/2013 at 4:55 AM

    This looks like a case of odd lighting and reflection of image ,or poor focus of camera, but it looks as if this is a woman and the partial reflection of a bathroom vanity or sink,there is also possibility of toilet bowl reflection,odd focus causing an anomaly,looks fake if i was to answer.the bowl is brighter and can over focus in image causing it partial visibility,all factors must be accounted for or debunked.

  22. janenower

    02/08/2014 at 10:37 AM

    It is a department store mannequin in the corner, can tell by the shape of the hand

  23. American

    03/04/2014 at 12:19 PM

    So, this is definitely way too much thinking for such a simple solution. The mother either lied, or never said there isn’t a mirror in the room. The “other person” is quite obviously a reflection of the mother’s arm (the one holding the baby) and the cloth the baby is wrapped in.

    There is likely a mirror on the wall next to the toilet because placing a mirror in that spot makes the very small amount of space (between the toilet and wall) look bigger. This is a common trick interior designers use that people will often recreate unintentionally.

    The “other” arm of the reflection, which can’t be the other arm of the mother, given that she is taking a photo, is probably something the mother is holding against her body or the leg of the baby.

  24. Cammo

    05/07/2014 at 10:03 AM

    Bathroom has sliding door with a mirror mounted on it. Check the floor and wall above floor trim. Marks consistant with a sliding door that hangs from rollers at the top IMO.

  25. aurora houghtaling

    07/21/2014 at 4:44 PM

    I have numerous pics of my baby being stalked by something paranormal.where do I send em

  26. Writer

    08/29/2014 at 8:12 PM

    Is probably ghosts that want to stalk because they want to teach the baby badwords and that is how ghost try to posses babies when they are little because those ghosts have no values or respect for persons

  27. Writer

    08/29/2014 at 8:19 PM

    What happens is that ghosts like to read minds and they probably hang around in the bathroom because that is when persons think clearly when they dump toxics and probably ghosts feed on toxic gas that the body releases in the bathroom

  28. Writer

    08/29/2014 at 8:34 PM

    Ghosts like to read minds and is probably easier for them to stalk when persons are sitting down on their desks thinking and in the bathroom because when persons think they release fumes and the ghosts probably like to feed from those fumes and they probably like to scare persons because the ghosts like to feed from fear and from toxic gas from the restroom and that is how those ghosts stay on earth because they feed when the body soul releases fumes

    And that is why the ghosts read minds because they want to find what persons fear to posses the persons

    When the ghosts teach the baby badwords then the mother is going to get mad and then the ghosts are going to feed from the anger fumes the mother releases

  29. Writer

    08/29/2014 at 8:45 PM

    Basically those ghosts intentions are to posses persons and they want to gobern persons with fear because the ghosts need the fear fumes the body expells to feed from the thing to do is to cut the image of the ghost from the photograph and put it inside a can and if the ghost later on tries to say something then they can tell the ghost that the ghost is not smart because the ghost was photographed and then they can take their case to Saint Peter so that he sends the guards to arrest the ghosts and with the photo they can identify the ghosts

  30. Writer

    08/29/2014 at 9:05 PM

    The other thing is that ghosts travel through toxics and that can be the reason they appeared in the restroom because they probably travel through the toxic fumes of the sewer

  31. Spooky

    11/07/2014 at 4:19 PM

    Solved it!
    They said “there were only two people in the room”

    …only logical explanation, the baby took the photo and the mother was standing by the toilet.

    Think about it;
    * That close up blurry photo of the baby, why would an adult take a photo so close?
    * The baby is clearly posing with the classic selfie-duck-face
    * The ‘arm’ around the baby, can’t tell it is an arm, just fabric could be anything – could be a big baby-scarf *shrugs*
    * You can’t see the babies arms… how convenient…

    Only possible explanation: Baby selfie ftw, boom!

    Or maybe if you look at a picture for too long you can read a million different things into it…

  32. Matt

    11/28/2014 at 6:30 AM

    Probably just one of those crappy panorama pics gone wrong, or there is simply a mirror there.
    Cameras are not an appropriate technology to capture ‘things that exist in another dimension’. They never have been. The idea that cameras have this power still persists though, 150 or so years on.
    Many professional photographers have taken many photographs, but have never captured the image of a ‘ghost’
    Many rubbish photographers have taken photographs that are blurred, distorted, over/underexposed, badly framed, in poor lighting – the list goes on – and it is these badly taken photographs that appear to capture blurry, incomplete and questionable ‘images’. Draw your own conclusions I guess, there’s no law against being stupid…yet.

  33. Mandiey

    09/01/2015 at 1:41 AM

    I honestly think, since there “wasn’t anymore room” for anyone else and that no one else was in the room, from the looks of the photograph it seems completely possible for “the ghost” to actually be a photograph that the person is also holding as the photo is being taken of the baby. Js.

  34. Cassie

    02/06/2017 at 12:39 PM

    It honestly looks like a manipulated photo to me. There is no depth behind the babies head as if this “ghost” was pasted there to make it look like it’s standing behind, but weirdly its good hand melds in with the babies skin on the head. The whole picture just feels wrong, like it was pasted together in that way. That’s just my opinion though.

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