The Japanese sculptor who created the infamous ‘Momo doll’ and sparked the recent viral “Momo challenge” hoax said he destroyed the creepy doll long ago and never meant to harm anyone.

Keisuke Aiso, 43-year-old sculptor, said he felt ‘responsible’ when the image of it was allegedly used to scare people into taking part in the so-called ‘Momo Challenge’, but now said people should rest assure that Momo is gone.

Image via Iker Jiménez’s Twitter account

The original work was called Mother Bird, created in 2016, and was displayed in an alternative art gallery in Tokyo during an exhibition about ghost stories. It was only when pictures of the sculpture emerged online that it became associated with the viral ‘Momo game’.

It was one of many ghost-themed sculptures in Aiso’s collection and he said: “It was meant to scare people, yes, but it wasn’t meant to harm anyone.”

Image via Iker Jiménez’ Twitter account

The terrifying image has been at the center of a viral hoax, as reports surfaced that children were being induced by “momo” into dangerous tasks. However, there is no evidence that this is true and the myth seems to have been propagated mainly by concerned parents via the social media.