‘I’m being haunted by ghost child and caught it on camera after buying it gifts’

A mum claims she is being haunted by a creepy "ghost child" – and now she says she also has "proof".

Melanie Parkinson claims she has caught the ghoul, who she has named Amanda, lurking in a mirror in her home.

The 47-year-old has previously left presents out for her spooky squatter including a doll to make her feel like part of the family.

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One night Melanie from Birtley, Gateshead in Tyne and Wear, set up a trap to catch the "mischievous but friendly" Amanda in action.

The mum turned out the lights in her home and, using the night vision setting on her Samsung phone, she claims she managed to snap the ghostly girl in the mirror.

Melanie said she was overcome with fear when she noticed what she says was a young girl staring right at her from inside the house's third bedroom.

The image appears to show the outline of a figure in the wall-hung mirror, wearing what looks like a white dress.

Melanie believes this “confirms” her family's spooky experiences from the past 16 years in the haunted home.

Amanda would allegedly close the curtains on her own – with Melanie recalling several times when open curtains were mysteriously closed.

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Shortly after partner James Moyse, 44, moved in nine years ago Melanie claims he felt someone grabbing his feet in bed, which left him “almost in tears”.

Melanie insists she's “come to accept” the 1930s house is haunted.

She said: "I felt fear and excitement all at once because it confirmed what I'd been experiencing.

"My new phone happened to have night vision on it so I just thought I'd have a walk around with the lights off to see what it looks like.

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"I just happened to go to the third room and I saw a little girl. I panicked and took a photo then took another straight after.

"There's one where she's looking straight ahead, then one with her head to the side. Her dress and everything she has on looks to be from the 30s.

"Two nights later I had a dream there was a little girl called Amanda in my room and she pretended to write her name on my wall in the bedroom.

"It doesn't bother me now. I don't have any qualms about it. I've spoken out loud and told her to go over but she's welcome to stay as I'm assuming it's her own home.”

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She shared the image to Facebook, without any prompts to see if anyone else saw what she did.

Melanie continued: "We bought the doll [because] we wanted to include her in Christmas and make her feel part of the family. It's just a cheap ragdoll as a gesture.

"We wanted to let her know that we don't mind her being in the house.

"She's a friendly ghost and there's nothing malicious in her. I know that because she only does mischievous stuff.

"I still try and see if I can catch her again but she's not appeared yet, but James tells me to stop it in case I find anything else."

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