Police in the West Midlands were left feeling pretty daft after they smashed a car window in order to free an infant that turned out to be a toy.
The lifelike doll was left unattended inside a car parked in Russells Hall Hospital car park, Dudley.
A passerby initially noticed the plastic tot and called police out of concern for its well-being.
Two officers showed up to assess the situation, and after a discussion with nurses it was agreed that a human life was in danger.
Delesia Rattray who owns the car has offered the police some sympathy.
The doll does look a bit real, like a baby a few months old, but if you look at the hands, which weren’t inside the blanket, and feet you can tell it isn’t.
I can understand why they broke into the car if they really thought there was a baby inside.”
I apologise to the owner of the car, who knows the reasons why my officers took the action they did.
She will hopefully agree that had it have been a baby in distress and had they not acted, they would be subject of this media scrutiny for all the wrong reasons.”
They have a point, and the £90 repair will be funded by the police, so all’s well that ends well I guess.