When EMTs in Hoboken, New Jersey, got several reports about a child trapped in a hot car, they took action, smashing the driver's side window of the vehicle for the urgent rescue. They found their victim wasn't breathing -- because it was a doll.
Kitty Mieles told CNN affiliate WABC that the lifelike doll in the car belongs to her 2-year-old granddaughter.
"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.
The grandmother says that she wishes that the EMT had taken a closer look before breaking her car window. The police department, however, says it did the right thing.
“We don’t fault the EMT for what he did,” Hoboken police Det. Stephen Kranz told WABC. “You can replace broken glass but you can’t replace people.”
The issue of child death in hot cars has risen to the forefront since the death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris, who passed away after being left in a hot car for over eight hours. There have been 19 hot car deaths so far in 2014.