Lt. Jason Short responded to a 911 call about a baby left alone in a car on a hot day. He rushed over to the Keene, New Hampshire, shopping plaza parking lot to check out the situation.
There was a blanket draped over a car seat. Little feet were sticking out from under the blanket.
It was a 90 degree day, so his next course of action seemed obvious. He needed to break a window and rescue the baby.
Short hit his baton against the window and pulled the baby out of the car seat. He called an ambulance, terrified that the baby was already dead.
The baby’s skin was blotchy and pale. The scene was starting to draw a crowd of concerned onlookers.
Short began CPR rescue breaths. Something did not feel right, though.
He pushed his finger to the baby’s mouth and realized the baby was definitely not alive. The baby was an incredibly realistic looking: doll.
Carolynne Seiffert was the owner of the car and the doll. She was getting her hair cut at Super Cuts while her new car’s window was smashed to rescue her doll.
Seiffert was angered that her car was damaged. Short was a bit embarrassed by the situation but has stood by his actions.
Short told WMUR, “I would never assume that it’s a doll. I would always assume that it’s a child. I would never do anything different.”
Seiffert purchased this “reborn” doll for $2,300. The doll weighs 10 pounds, 7 ounces and wears real baby clothes.
Seiffert was upset when she walked out to see police cars, onlookers, a broken window, and her treasured doll in the hands of an officer. However, Short went into a true panic believing that a real baby was dying in his arms.
The police department hopes that this situation reminds people to be responsible with “reborn” dolls. At the end of the day, everybody is thankful that a real baby was not harmed.
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