(WMC/CNN/Meredith) -- A Mississippi mom thought she was installing something that would help her keep a watchful eye on her children. But it turns out her Ring camera allowed someone else to eavesdrop on her family and see right into her 8-year-old daughter's room.
Ashley Lemay said she did a lot of research about home surveillance and believed Ring was a safe option. The camera was intended to add a level of home protection, and for Lemay to be able to watch her three daughters while working overnight shifts as a nurse.
Through the camera, Lemay would also be able to speak to her daughters throughout her shifts, which was an added perk.
But four days after installing the camera, Lemay’s 8-year-old daughter Alyssa heard something strange coming from her room – the song “Tiptoe through the Tulips” by Tiny Tim was playing through the camera, and then she heard a voice.
Playing back the Ring video, you can hear Alyssa ask “Who is that?” and a voice through the camera responds, “I’m your best friend! I’m Santa Claus!”
The voice also encouraged Alyssa to engage in destructive behavior. Alyssa started screaming for her parents, and Lemay’s husband ran into the bedroom, ending the terror.
Lemay said her heart dropped while watching back the video.
“They could watch [my daughters] sleeping, changing, they could have watched a lot of things,” Lemay said.
The camera is now disconnected, waiting to be returned. Ring is investigating the situation to find out how this happened, saying the safety and security of users are their top priorities.