This little preschooler can rest assured her new house is 100 percent monster free, thanks to the kindness of a local policeman.


When my daughter was 4, she was obsessed with the idea that a purple monster named Muda was after her. It wasn't until her dad and I pretended to read a news story that Muda had moved to China, that she finally stopped worrying that he would get us.

For 4-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch of Longmont, Colorado, it was moving into a new house that sparked her fear of monsters. She told local news station KDVR that she'd heard "sounds when people weren't up," and became convinced monsters were also residing on Juniper Street.

Good thing the local police department could take her case! A community event served as a meet cute for Sidney and officer David Bonday, and the little girl asked for his help in sniffing out the monsters at her house.

This past weekend, the makeshift monster squad of Officer Bonday and Sidney searched the house up and down. She got to use his flashlight for extra protection, thankfully. "She just checked under the couch, but he wanted to make sure there weren't any under the couch cushions," mom Megan Fahrenbruch told KDVR, adding, "And then they ended up going in the front yard to make sure there was no monster activity in the front yard."

Luckily, the investigation confirmed there are no monsters living at Sidney's house. Her mom, who posted about the experience on Facebook, is thrilled with the change she's seen in her daughter since Officer Bonday helped out. "It's just amazing the confidence he's given her. We're truly grateful to live in a town where the police officer will pay a kid any attention."

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This experience has also inspired Sidney to pay it forward, as she hopes to one day become a police officer and perhaps help kids like her.

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger/mom. Find her on Facebook and Instagram where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.