DISTURBING footage shows crying kids fleeing in terror after a cruel prankster told them that Momo is coming to kill them.
The man can be heard telling a group of children that the ghoulish character is in the area shooting little boys and girls whose names starts with a ‘T’ or a ‘K’.
The artist, who built the Momo Bird back in 2016, has proclaimed that ‘the curse is gone’[/caption]
The traumatised kids then sprint off while crying hysterically at the thought of seeing the creepy figure that has been linked to a sinister WhatsApp ‘suicide challenge’ game.
In the cruel clip, shared on video website FlyHeight.com, the prankster says: “Y’all need to be safe out here. Some f***in crazy lady.”
One of the terrified kids then says: “Momo”.
The man adds: “Some lady was just in the bluff and she, um, just shot the little boy and the little girl, everybody whose name starts with a ‘T’ and a ‘K’.
“So y’all be safe out here.”
Clearly distressed, one young boy runs away and throws his scooter to the ground.
Another child puts both his hands on his head and walks around crying.
The upsetting video comes as digital experts warned trolls are capitalising on the hype behind the Momo challenge and creating new videos that target children.
Digital expert Tash Courtenay-Smith, co-founder of social media agency Bolt Digital, said that some may find it “funny” to create new videos to scare kids.
“It is possible for anybody to create anything for YouTube,” she told the Metro.
“Maybe there are a few historic videos made elsewhere in the world that someone will find and it will get talked about.
“Then lots of people start to discuss it and it becomes a media storm.
“That appeals to people who think ‘this is funny’ and they make more videos in which they put in a clip of Momo.
“People have got wind of the publicity and they have made it into a real thing.”
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The Sun has found Momo’s disturbing face appearing in the middle of Peppa Pig programmes aimed at little kids.
Using a computerised voice, the ghoulish character issues horrific threats to whoever has clicked on the video.
Although there were suggestions that youngsters had harmed themselves or others after watching the footage, kids charities have said there is no evidence of harm being done.
However children have been left terrified by the face, with schools and the government issuing advice to parents over the clip.
The artist who created the chilling Momo sculpture says kids shouldn’t fear the horrifying beast because it has been destroyed after it “rotted away.”
But he told The Sun that kids should be reassured and not to worry as Momo is DEAD.
We tracked him down to his workshop on the outskirts of Tokyo in Japan, where he said: “It doesn’t exist anymore, it was never meant to last.
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“It was rotten and I threw it away.
“The children can be reassured Momo is dead – she doesn’t exist and the curse is gone.”
The model, which was made out of rubber and natural oils, was binned last autumn.
All that is left is an eye used on the work, which he plans to recycle on a new model.
He also has a cheap moulded mask of the Momo which a pal bought for him after visiting Mexico where his ghoulish figure was being used to celebrate the day of the dead.
The original work called Mother Bird was built in 2016 and exhibited at an alternative art gallery in the Japanese capital.
But after snaps of the bird woman were posted online it morphed into the challenge after sick individuals edited the face into children’s YouTube videos.
Is the Momo Challenge a hoax?
THE Momo Challenge is believed to have originated in South America.
The creepy face of a Japanese sculpture was hijacked and spread on WhatsApp – reportedly with instructions enticing children to perform a series of dangerous tasks including self-harm and suicide.
In recent days police and schools have issued warnings about the challenge arriving in the UK and a number of parents have said their children have been exposed to it.
Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom even told MPs the Government is “extremely concerned” about it.
But confusingly UK charities and internet experts have suggested the challenge is a hoax.
The Samaritans and the NSPCC said there is no confirmed evidence anyone has come to physical harm.
And YouTube claimed: “We have found no evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on YouTube.”
While it appears the challenge itself may not have reached Britain, sick copycats have been traumatising children by splicing a ghoulish video of a bug-eyed girl into Peppa Pig cartoons and Fortnite gameplay footage.
To contact NSPCC, you can call the helpline on 0808 800 5000 or children under 18 can call 0800 1111