Emergency personnel in Oakland, California, were quick to respond Monday after receiving one of the worst kind of calls, ABC News reports.
An infant had been spotted in the back of a locked car, abandoned and still strapped into a car seat. Reports indicated that the child was unresponsive.
Authorities rushed to the scene and immediately smashed the car's window to get to the baby. But when they entered the vehicle, they couldn't believe what they found.
It was not a baby that had been left in the hot car, but an incredibly life-like doll.
It's easy to see why first responders were confused, considering the doll was dressed in modern clothes, had been left strapped in an authentic car seat. It looked like this:
Though police say they've been unable to determine why the doll was left in the car seat, the Daily Mail reports that, due to its hyper-realistic quality, it may be a “reborn” doll.
The 'Reborning Movement' is a recently emerged subculture in which collectors 'adopt' artificial babies, often throwing birthday parties, building nurseries and, of course, strapping the dolls into car seats. A single reborn doll can reportedly cost thousands of dollars.
Reborn or not, authorities insist that the response to the situation was appropriate, as “first responders’ number one priority is to ensure safety.”
An NFL player recently proved how unbearable conditions are inside a hot car, when he attempted to stay inside of a parked car for just 10 minutes.