A MUM who thought her daughter was just having a nightmare was left horrified after looking at the security cameras inside the house the next morning.
The woman found the eight-year-old girl distressed in the middle of the night at their home in Strathalbyn, Australia – but believed she had just been having a bad dream.
But the next morning, the mum checked the CCTV inside the home and found there had been a stranger snooping around the house.
She was horrified to find a man had been lurking right outside her daughter’s bedroom.
CCTV footage showed Jamie Phillip Mongoo, 33, entering the house shortly after midnight on June 2.
He snuck into the girl’s bedroom and climbed up a ladder to her bunk bed before touching her arm and back and whispering to her, the West Australian reports.
The girl reportedly told Mongoo: “Stop it, you’re scaring me, go away.”
Her mum was woken up by the sound of her daughter’s voice and the intruder reportedly 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 common assault after breaking into the home.
The mum said she felt sick after realising her daughter hadn’t been dreaming.
“I felt nausea and anger all at once when I first saw that my CCTV had captured someone right outside my kid’s bedroom,” she said.