Police officers in Hoboken, New Jersey caused a stir on Thursday afternoon after they broke into a car to save what they thought was a baby inside. But it turned out that the supposed baby was a very realistic-looking doll named Todd.
The car’s owner Kitty Miseles said that her 2-year old granddaughter had left her doll in the backseat of the car and after Miseles’ brother parked it, a passerby called 911 to report about a child locked inside a car parked in the summer heat.
An emergency ambulance crew then rushed to the scene who, after mistaking the doll for a real child in danger, called police to break into the car to rescue it.
‘When he came out, there were the cops and the ambulance and they broke the window thinking that there was a baby in there, but it wasn’t a baby, it was a doll,’ said Miseles.
President of Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp Thomas Molta told ABC News that he saw the doll’s pictures and ‘it looked real’.
‘I’ve got 34 years’ experience in Emergency Medical Services and I probably would have broken the window too,’ said Molta, adding that ‘You can replace a window, but you can’t replace a life.’
Kitty has filed a claim to repair her smashed car window, and the city of Hoboken had gladly agreed to foot the bill.