An East Peoria woman facing every mother's worst nightmare

"My kids are freaking out, screaming, crying, wouldn't come into the kitchen, wouldn't throw anything away," says Brittany Shropshire who is a mother in East Peoria. "This 'ghost' was taunting my children."

Brittany Shropshire and her three children live in East Peoria. By the middle of October, the children started claiming they saw a 'ghost' outside the kitchen window.

"Parents don't think a ghost is a big deal," says Shropshire.

But it became a big deal a week later when Shropshire got a text from her neighbor in the middle of the night.

"Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up," says Shropshire recalling her neighbor's text. "Somebody is trying to get in your kitchen window."

When Shropshire didn't respond, the neighbor approached the man to ask what he was doing, and he ran away. Shropshire called the police the next day.

"I want to make sure that nobody is coming into my home and harming my kids," says Shropshire.

Police have stepped up patrols in her neighborhood. While Shropshire appreciates the increased presence, she wants to make sure other parents are on alert, too.

"Awareness," says Shropshire. "I wanted people to be aware of your surroundings."

Shropshire posted her story on Facebook and it's been shared hundreds of times.

"It was to let people know that you should really stress stranger danger on your kids," says Shropshire. "I would do anything and everything to make sure my kids are safe."

 


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