N.J. EMTs break window to save doll from hot car

Ambulance drivers in Hoboken, N.J., think baby doll locked in hot car is real, break window to save it.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   Aug. 1, 2014 at 8:20 PM

HOBOKEN, N.J., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Emergency responders in Hoboken, N.J., broke a car window to save what they thought was a lifeless-looking child left in the backseat, only to discover a very real-looking doll named Todd.

The baby doll was left in a child's carseat by its 2-year-old owner and prompted some neighbors to call 911 for a welfare check.

The vehicle, owned by the child's grandmother, Kitty Mieles, was being used by Mieles' brother.

A member of the Volunteer Ambulance Corp. decided the doll looked life-like enough that they broke the driver's side window to save the baby.

"When he came out, there were the cops and the ambulance and they broke the window thinking that there was a baby in there, but it wasn't a baby, it was a doll," Mieles told WABC-TV, New York.

"I saw pictures of the doll and it looked real. I got 34 years' experience in EMS and I probably would have broken the window too," said Thomas Molta, president of Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

Mieles filed a claim to have the window replaced.

"Seconds are paramount there, that's the difference between a baby breathing, not breathing, pulse, no pulse," Molta said. "You can replace a window, but you can't replace a life."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Hammerhead shark bumps boat motor off Florida coast
74.8-inch Illinois cow posthumously named tallest ever by Guinness
Tourist's Brooklyn Bridge climb selfie sparks security questions
Vlogger shoots iPhones to determine bullet-stopping capabilities
Milwaukee museum to show Pope Benedict portrait made from condoms