Mum thought she’d been burgled on Christmas Eve but turns out son, 4, was the culprit

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A mum was given an awful fright when she thought they'd been burgled one Christmas Eve – only to later realise her son had caused havoc.

Danielle Abbs claims she struggled to sleep on Christmas Eve last year after the carnage her then four-year-old son Byron-Joe had caused the year before.

The 29-year-old receptionist said she was initially "devastated" as she thought thieves had broken in. But she then came to the painful realisation her own son had caused what he then branded an "accident".

Viral footage shows Byron-Joe excitedly creeping downstairs on Christmas morning 2018 – mischievously not letting his mum know that he's already opened everything.

Mum-of-one Danielle is left shouting "oh my god" as she finds the tot's gifts lay open all over the floor in a sea of torn wrapping paper.

Danielle Abbs said she was shocked to discover her then four-year-old son had raided all his presents in the night
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Since the initial shock and disappointment of not being able to see her son's reaction as he opened his Christmas presents, she has since seen the funny side of the drama – with the hilarious clip racking up almost 400,000 views.

Danielle, from Cornforth, County Durham, said she is confident Byron-Joe, who is now 6, will not to cause such a mess again.

She said: "I'd just opened the door slightly and flicked the light on and that's what I was met with.

"I thought I'd actually been burgled to be honest at first – although it was a bit of a nightmare, it was in a way a bit of a relief.

"I was so shocked – I couldn't actually believe what I was seeing to be honest – I was devastated because you do all that work to just see their faces at the end of it.

Mum Danielle's video of the havoc caused by her son when he raided his presents racked up 400,000 views
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"I was quite disappointed but it didn't last long – he was happy and that's the main thing.

"The excitement must have just got to him – he'd just turned four and it was the first year [2018] that he really understood Santa."

Danielle often posts Facebook Lives during special occasions so Byron-Joe's grandparents can watch too.

But when the grandparents watched this one back they couldn't believe his antics, which soon became the 'talk of the family'.

Danielle said: "I don't know how he managed to get away with it – I didn't hear a peep.

Byron-Joe's presents before they were raided in the night
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The now six-year-old still says it was all an 'accident'
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"I think he'd been quiet and possibly sat in the darkness opening them – I don't know how he managed to get himself back to bed with all of those toys.

"Now I'm quite pleased it was live because if it was just a normal video I don't think we would have had quite the same reaction.

"Everybody was on about it – they all definitely found it funny.

"Lots of people wrote on it saying they were watching the video around the Christmas table with all the family and it made them all laugh – it's quite nice to know that it had made people smile."

The 29-year-old was inundated with comments from sympathetic parents as well as some brilliant suggestions as to how a repeat of Byron-Joe's shenanigans could be avoided.

The 29-year-old receptionist is sure her son won't cause such a mess again
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Some even proposed concealing the living room door with wrapping paper so he'd have to tear it down to enter, which would subsequently wake up mum.

Danielle said: "It crossed my mind – do I stay downstairs or should I put bells on the door? But I thought no, I'd trust him and hope for the best.

"He knows that I was quite gutted that I hadn't seen his face and he always says that he wouldn't do it again, and I honestly don't think he would.

"If you speak to him now about it he says it was an 'accident'.

"Last year I probably didn't sleep to be honest but it did work out – it made last Christmas even more special I suppose because I'd waited two years to see his reaction.

"He appreciates every little thing he gets so his reaction is always amazing."

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