Michelle Mason from Stoke-on-Trent, took the photo while on a walk through Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, this August.
Two of Michelle's three children - Sophia and Lee - decided to climb a tree and spying a good photo opportunity, Michelle asked them to pose as she took a snap.
At the time nothing seemed amiss, but when the family returned home Michelle had a look through the photos she had taken that day - and was shocked by what she found.
"I spotted a child's face looking back at me," said Michelle, 39, who is a full-time carer.
"I couldn't believe it when I looked closer at the picture and there was a child, standing with a wheel or a hoop in their hand. It has really freaked me out. I don't like anything like that.
"When you look closely at the photo you can see the deep dark eyes. It definitely bares a striking resemblance to the black-eyed child that has been spotted around Cannock Chase."
There has recently been a resurgence of reports of sightings of the 'black-eyed child' of Cannock Chase - a ghostly figure that was first spotted in Staffordshire 30 years ago.
Lee Brickley, author of UFOs Werewolves & The Pig-Man: Exposing England's Strangest Location – Cannock Chase, has been gathering evidence of this paranormal occurrence.
Lee told the HuffPost UK: "In my opinion, the black-eyed child seems to be some kind of demon.
"While it might seem like a standard spectral encounter, almost all the reports involve the child leading people towards potentially dangerous situations."
"I have received nine different reports in the last two years from seemingly credible witnesses. During interviews most of their stories have been very similar."
However, Michelle said she doesn't feel threatened by the apparition in her photograph.
"I don't think it looks evil though, or like it wants to cause any harm to my children. They were both a bit spooked by it at first, but any child would be."
Dismissing claims that her photo is a fake, Michelle added: "Some people have said that I must have used Photoshop but I couldn't tell you the first thing about that, I have no idea how to use anything like that. I just took the photo on our family compact camera."
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