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article imagePolice smash car window to rescue baby that proved to be a doll

By Kim I. Hartman     Aug 3, 2011 in Crime
Nottingham - British police smashed the window of a car to save a baby that was reported to have been left alone in the hot vehicle, only to find the baby was in fact the popular 'reborn doll baby' which closely resembles a newborn child.
The Reborn Doll Baby caused quite a ruckus in Worksop, Nottinghamshire when a passerby notified police of an unattended baby locked in a vehicle.
Police said the doll was left in the vehicle by a five-year-old girl. The car was driven to a fish and chips shop by the owner Anastasi Cristofis and parked in an adjoining lot. The man locked the vehicle when he reported to work at the store and that's when the confusion began and the call was made to local police.
Cristofis, 37, was surprised to hear that the officers had broken into his car after mistaking the child's toy for a real baby, reports Orange News. He said, "I couldn't believe it when the police turned up holding the doll and told me what had happened. The officer told me not to leave it in the car again."
Police Sgt Robert Holmes told news reporters, "The call was made in good faith. Drivers need to think about what they leave on view in their cars."
Police have reportedly agreed to pay for the broken window.
Victoria Cristofis told the Daily Mail that she bought the 'Reborn Doll' in June for her daughter and this isn't the first time it was mistaken for a real baby. She said it has happened before when she has been shopping and people have witnessed her daughter swinging it around by the arms and complained to the mother.
The confusion over Reborn Dolls looking like a newborn baby has occurred on both sides of the pond.
In Texas a couple claim they were asked by a lifeguard at an aquatics center to put a bathing suit on their baby doll after numerous complaints were made by other swimmers at the facility. The couple, who admit to leaving the doll floating face down in the water said they won't be taking the toy back to the pool anytime soon.
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