Viral Video: Little girl encounters 'Santa' in the Walmart aisle

Published: Dec. 18, 2015 at 6:08 AM EST
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UPDATE 12/18/15 @ 10 p.m.

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 2-year-old girl mistook a man in Walmart in Hurricane for Santa Claus, but the family is wondering if maybe she wasn't mistaken after all.

"She was just sneaking around the aisle, had her back against the toys," her older sister Miya Lupashunski siad. "We were behind her, and she'd put her finger up to her lips and go 'Shh! It's Santa!' "

Sophie Jo Riley approached a man in the store who matched the look of the fellow she's expecting down the chimney next week.

The white bearded, red shirted shopper is named Roger Larck. During the clip, he asks if her tree is up, and how many cookies he can expect.

Sophie's sister recorded the encounter on her cell phone.

The video has now been seen online by millions and has been featured on national TV programs.

'I'm tickled I've been a part of something that other people have enjoyed," Larck said. "It was just me having a conversation with a little girl. It melted my heart when it happened."

Friday during WSAZ's First Look at 4, Sophie got another surprise when she got to see Santa again.

"If there really was a Santa Claus, and now I question it," Sophie's mother Erika Riley said, "I think maybe there really is. That's exactly how I picture him to be."

ORIGINAL STORY 12/18/15 @ 6:30 a.m.

HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- This time of year, you see Santa everywhere you look.

And one little girl had a chance encounter with a jolly man with a white beard and red shirt and it was all caught on camera.

Sophie Jo Riley ran into "Santa" at Walmart in Hurricane, West Virginia.

"Santa" is actually Roger Larck of Winfield, West Virginia, who played along and talked to Sophie Jo about the upcoming holiday, her fingernails, the Christmas tree, and the fact that he was only allowed to have one cookie when he stopped by her house. She told him he had to shared the rest with the reindeer.

We posted the video on our Facebook page Thursday afternoon. Since then, it has gone viral, with more than four million people watching.

Sophie Jo's father, Robert Riley, told WSAZ on Friday that he's being contacted by people from all over the country and overseas.

Sophie Jo and Roger will be guests on "First Look at Four" on Friday.