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Would you break into a locked car if you saw this baby inside?

Looks like an abandoned baby, right?

TWO EXPERIENCED POLICE officers in the United Kingdom smashed the window of a car to rescue an abandoned newborn baby earlier this month – but all wasn’t what it seemed.

The policemen, from West Midlands Police, were alerted by members of the public to a baby wrapped in a blanket on the front passenger seat.

Local media report the discovery was made in the carpark of a hospital in Dudly.

Checks were made over a PA system to find the owner, but the officers quickly made the decision to break a small window of the car, fearing the infant could be critically ill.

However, this is what they found.


The baby was in fact an extremely lifelike doll.


Chief Inspector Phil Dolby, from Dudley Police, said:

There’s no suggestion that the doll was placed in a deliberate effort to waste police time so we will of course pay for the damage caused.

“The colouration of the head appeared discoloured giving the highly experienced officers additional cause for alarm. ”

Dolby said he hopes the owner of the car will agree with the reasoning of the officers involved.

Dudly News reports that the doll, named Ryan, was left there by its owner Janiah Rattray (10).

She and a sibling were visiting their mother, Carole Johnson, in hospital.

However, she doesn’t seem to be too impressed, telling the publication:

I think you could tell by looking at it that it wasn’t real – the hands were visible and they were obviously not moving.

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