The creator of Momo, the doll that has been terrorizing children says his creation has 'rotted away'. 

Speaking from his nightmare factory in Tokyo Japan, 43-year-old Keisuke Aiso said that Momo is dead.

'It doesn't exist anymore, it was never meant to last. 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'. 

'Mother Bird' as it is actually known, was built in 2016 and exhibited at an alternative art gallery in the Japanese capital as part of an annual exhibition that gallery staff have now faced death threats for. 

It depicts the naked torso of a woman with a bird's lower half. The artist admitted that his intention was to scare people with the creation that was inspired by horror movies.

It allegedly became the face of a sickening online trolling effort targeted at children. 

It was the subject of the 'Momo Challenge' where children  were 'challenged' to communicate with an unknown number and take part in sickening forfeits. 
There were reports of a schoolgirl left so terrified after being exposed to Momo that she banged her head against school walls, refused to go to the toilet alone and suffered from paralyzing nightmares. 

Children's charities were forced to come out and deny that children had harmed themselves as a result of the phenomenon. 

The artist added that Momo surfaced in 2018 in South America and since its emergence in the UK it has caused him 'nothing but trouble'. 

However, the artist does admit that he's glad his work is getting exposure. 

He also said he feels 'responsible' for the wave of fear that the doll and its perceived menace has caused. 

He said, 'People do not know if it is true or not but apparently the children have been affected and I do feel a little responsible for it.' 

** The artist was inspired by a Japanese ghost story about a lady who dies in childbirth and emerges as a bird woman to haunt the area where she died.