What looked to be another tale of a child being left in a hot car wound up being a misunderstanding.
On Thursday, police in Hoboken, New Jersey received several calls about a baby that was left alone in a hot car. According to WABC, police and an ambulance rushed to the scene and busted out the driver's side window of Kitty Mieles' car. However, they discovered the "lifeless" body in the carseat wasn't a child, but a life-sized baby doll named Todd that belonged to Mieles' 2-year-old granddaughter.
Thomas Molta, president of Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp, told WABC, "I saw pictures of the doll and it looked real. I got 34 years' experience in EMS and I probably would have broken the window too."
Molta continued, "Seconds are paramount there, that's the difference between a baby breathing, not breathing, pulse, no pulse...you can replace a window, but you can't replace a life."
Mieles' was shocked when she found out what happened, but has accepted the authorities' apologies. The city of Hoboken has offered to pay for the damages to her car.
It's easy to see why people mistook the doll for a baby at first glance: