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Lifelike doll in hot car prompts police to smash window

Bystander called 911 to report child in hot car

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(WMUR; Carolynne Seiffert)

A lifelike baby doll prompted police in New Hampshire to smash a car window in a rescue attempt that turned out to be a false alarm.

WMUR-TV reports police in the town of Keene say someone called them last month to report an infant left in a car at a shopping plaza on a hot day.

Lt. Jason Short shattered the window with his baton. He tells the station he thought he was looking at a lifeless child, but noticed something was off when he began to breathe into the baby’s mouth.

The station reports the lifelike doll belongs to a Vermont woman who collects them as a way to cope with her son’s death. She says police told her they would pay for the broken window.