It was a shocking discovery.
Police Lieutenant Jason Short responded to a 911 call in New Hampshire last month to help rescue what he believed was an infant stuck inside an extremely hot car on a sweltering summer day at Walmart shopping center.
According to WMUR-TV, Short ended up finding a doll inside the car instead of an actual infant after breaking a window.
“I got there as soon as I could,” Short told WMUR. “I don’t know how fast I was going, but it was quick.”
“Looked lifeless, looked dead,” Short said while describing what he thought was a real baby.
As he tried to bring the baby back from the brink of death, he realized something strange.
“And I went to put my finger in its mouth and it was all resistance,” Short said. “And I’m like, ‘This is a doll.’”
The “reborn doll” is a doll made to look just like an actual baby.
This doll was worth more than $2,000, according to WMUR.
According to the station, Carolynne Seiffert, of Brattleboro, Vt., owned the doll, along with roughly 40 others. She kept adding to the collection as a way to deal with her son’s death.
She said she isn’t happy about the damage done to her car. Short said he had to do what he did.
“I would never assume that it’s a doll,” Short told WMUR. “I would always assume that it’s a child. I would never do anything different.”
Short went on to say, “If you’re willing to take the doll out in the car, be willing to take it into the store,” Short said. “That would be the only advice I have. Or leave it at home.”
The police department is paying for the damage done to Seiffert’s car.