Mom concerned after someone hacked her Ring camera, told daughter he was 'Santa Claus'

Posted at 1:53 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 14:55:02-05

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC/CNN) — 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.

"I did a lot of research on these before I got it. I really felt like it was safe," Ashley LeMay said.

The camera was supposed to add a level of protection while she was working her overnight nurse shifts.
The ring camera was a Black Friday deal and came with a recommendation from another mom.
"She had one and was watching her kids on her phone and I was like 'oh, you can actually speak to them' and that is really neat," Le May said.

Four days after the camera went up, 8-year-old Alyssa heard something strange coming from her room.

"At first what happened, I was in the hallway with my sisters and I heard some music, so I came upstairs and I hear some banging noise and I was like 'who is that?'" LeMay said.

When LeMay played back the Ring recording, she heard someone talking to Alyssa from the Ring.

"I'm Santa Claus - don't you want to be my best friend,” the voice said.

Ashley's husband was home at the time, watching the girls as she ran a quick errand.

The mysterious voice taunted her 8-year-old with music and encouraged destructive behavior before her dad came in the room ending the terror.

"They could watch them sleeping, changing. They could have watches a lot of things. Honestly my gut it makes me either feel like somebody who knows us or somebody who is very close by."

The camera now sits on the counter disconnected, waiting to be returned.

Ring is investigating the situation -- but said safety and security of users is their top concern.