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."
Harris County authorities were called to the home of 90-year-old Eleouise Adcock and she allegedly pointed the gun at the first deputy who arrived.
That led to a standoff between a SWAT team and Adcock that lasted for nearly four hours.
"I knew she was going to be on the news eventually," neighbor Ralph King told WVEC. "She's hard to get along with. It's her way or no way."
Adcock has lived in her home for more than 40 years, but the properties on either side of her are now occupied by a marine towing company. She won't sell her property to the company and is apparently irritated that they keep asking.
"They've bought properties there along the waterfront, and taken down three to four houses and made room for their equipment and stuff." neighbor Sharlene Hathorn told KPRC.
Even though she has reportedly pointed guns at workers in the past, charges are not expected to be filed.
"They told us she has pointed weapons at them before," said Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Gilliland. "They didn't tell anyone about it the first few times. This time they felt she was much more angry about them being here working and excavating the dirt."