7-year-old receives disturbing messages on electronic watch
A Sarpy County mother fears for the safety of her two young children.
She's searching for answers after her youngest daughter received disturbing voice messages on her electronic watch.
"We buy these for our kids to be safe and here they are potentially putting them in more danger,” concerned mother, Tifffany Berney, said.
The pink watch on the wrist of her 7-year-old is a location and contact device for emergencies.
She wears it when she's away from home, so her mother, can keep a close eye on her.
"If she doesn't answer within 10 seconds it automatically answers, so I can hear the background just to make sure everything is okay," Berney said.
On her way to school, Thursday, it wasn't.
"It just started going and I got kind of creeped out," her daughter said.
Her gadget began playing messages from voices she'd never heard.
"I got a phone call from her saying that her watch was making funny noises and there's weird people talking to her on it," Berney said. "I was like, 'Oh, she's overreacting. My oldest has her spooked about something.' Then she had played it and was telling me about it and I was like…that's legit."
A strange, luring voice that sounded like an adult male.
"I just want to play, don't tell your daddy. Just step into the car," Berney repeated the message. "I can still hear the gentleman's voice in my head right now."
And another voice reminiscent of a young girl.
"Step in the car part…it sounded like a girl," the 7-year-old said.
Berney lets her daughter walk the three or four minute trip to their elementary school, but after the incident, she's having second thoughts.
"We don't know if it was interception, or interference, or someone hacked into this and was talking to her and enticing," she said.
Berney is concerned mostly, because the first name of her daughter's best friend and neighbor was mentioned multiple times in the messages.
Our sister station WOWT 6 News called the maker of the product to find out if it could've been hacked.
We were told the issue could be with the accompanying mobile app, but the company isn’t sure how an unauthorized party could contact the device.