- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:04PM
A mum-of-two claims she has been left unable to sleep after capturing a terrifying apparition of a ghostly child standing behind her son in the woods - with a hand on his shoulder.
Laura Watson captured the chilling image when visiting Plessey Woods Country Park in Northumberland with her family last Monday.
When Laura's daughter Charlotte Hill, 15, and Byrin Watson, nine, wanted to climb a large tree with their cousin Jack, 16, Laura decided to take some photos of the fun.
However the medical receptionist was left 'terrified' when she examined the photo and saw the face of another child had appeared behind Byrin - despite no one else being in the area.
While originally sceptical of the paranormal, Laura says the picture has convinced her otherwise as it is so clear.
She's planning a return to the wood as the figure has now sparked her interest in ghosts - although admits she hopes the apparition doesn't 'follow them home'.
Laura said: "It's very unusual and everyone is really freaked out. Me and my daughter couldn't even go to sleep last night because we were so scared."
"My husband is on night shifts and I was alone and I was like 'oh God'. I was terrified in case anything had followed us back."
"I've had people on our Facebook saying they are going to send me prayers."
"I didn't believe in anything like that until I saw this for myself."
"There was no one behind the tree, my daughter or my nephew would have seen them. There was nobody there," Laura continued.
"There was only us there. It's very, very bizarre."
"When I got home I put the picture on the computer and when it zoomed in and I was able to see it closer, I thought what is that thing behind Byrin?"
"When I zoomed in further I could see a face. But I was like 'but there was nobody there!"
"It looks like a child to me, I don't know if it's a girl or a boy. But I can see this face and it looks like the hand is on my son's shoulder, which is very bizarre."
"Some people have said I must have Photoshopped it as they can't believe it.. But I've explained that I wouldn't even have a clue how to do anything like that."
"It was literally taken on phone. I'm rubbish with technology and I'm just not the kind of person to do that."
Many have speculated on what the figure could be - with some suggesting it could be the spirit of a boy who drowned in the woods years ago.
Laura said: "I don't know much about the history of the woods but some people are saying that many moons ago a young boy drowned in the river. You don't know if it's just hearsay."
This article was first published on dailymail.co.uk and is republished here with permission.