Truth or Legend? Crying Baby Haunts Bridge

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A dark bridge. A screaming baby. Apparitions in the night. The country is full of “crybaby bridge” legends, but is there any truth to the disturbing tales?

The Legend
Depending on where you live, the crybaby bridge legend goes something like this: A woman is traveling with her baby (or small child) when disaster strikes. Perhaps it’s a tragic accident that results in mother and child plummeting over the side of the bridge. Perhaps the mother is angry or distraught and hurls her baby into the creek below. Perhaps there’s more than one child. Perhaps there’s a murderous father. Though multiple versions of the legend exist, they all agree on one thing: a baby dies near a bridge and its ghostly wails now haunt the tragic site. At times, the mother’s grieving ghost appears in the woods nearby, sobbing and calling out for her lost child.

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Ghost Video at Theorosa’s Bridge?

A reader sent this video shot at Kansas’ haunted Theorosa’s Bridge. Similar to Emily’s Bridge in Stowe, Vermont, Theorosa’s Bridge has spawned many creepy legends. However, the result is the more or less the same: a baby dies in the creek near the bridge, and the grief-stricken mother haunts the area to this day. According to one version of the legend, which the OP seems to subscribe, one can summon the ghost by chanting “Theorosa, I have your baby!” over and over. At around 3:14, the camera pans to the right, and then back again, giving viewers a glimpse of an odd figure in the brush. Is it Theorosa or simply a trick of the mind?