Dad's horror: 69-year-old man caught hiding above baby
YOU'VE done the bath and book routine, when you settle your baby down for the bed bit. It should be mostly quiet throughout the house, right? Well not for this family from Pittsburgh.
Curious dad Jerome Kennedy decided to install cameras in the roof of his house to get to the bottom of the weird noises he'd hear, and the flashlights and mysterious drill holes he'd notice. The commotion would take place above the ceiling, after his family had gone to bed.
When he viewed the footage back, Jerome Kennedy was disturbed by what he saw. His 69-year-old neighbour Robert Havrilla was crawling through the narrow space above where his 10-month-old baby girl was sleeping.
In the footage the elderly man is shown allegedly removing a false wall that he engineered, and climbing above the baby's bedroom. He lies on some planks that he put in the family's ceiling.
Speaking to KDKA Jerome said he felt violated by his next door neighbour's actions. Havrilla had gone as far as removing the insulation above the bedroom the father of one shared with his wife and drilling holes.
Neighbour creeps over baby
"The only thing I can assume is he's watching my baby, my wife, or myself," the freaked out father told news station KDKA. When the media asked Jerome if he'd given permission to his neighbour to enter his attic, it was a resounding, no.
"No. He was actually warned two days earlier to stay out of there."
When police questioned Havrilla he denied entering the family's property, and when questioned by police, he said he couldn't get into the space without a ladder.
The footage tells a different story. Havrilla can be seen entering his neighbours' attic with a drill and a light. After lying down on top of a vent positioned directly above the baby girl's crib, and her parents' bed he proceeds to drill a hole.
Then he hangs around up there for about half an hour, before crawling back out into his own home.
The worried dad said he'd noticed mysterious drill holes in the common brick wall that he and his neighbour share in the past, but when he questioned Havrilla, he said he was just doing some construction.
Not what it looks like...
The nosy neighbour was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing and stalking on Thursday. He is scheduled to next appear in court on October 3.
"I think it will come out soon that he did not have a malicious intent at all. I think it was an innocent situation that is getting dragged out a little further than it should, but that will come out soon," Havrilla's attorney, Anthony Jackson, said.
"It's very disheartening to feel violated in this way that somebody can come in and disrupt the sanctity of my home, it's indescribable," Kennedy said.