A group of well-meaning New Jersey paramedics smashed an SUV's window to dramatically rescue what they thought was a baby inside the hot, locked car.
Instead, it turned out that the "baby" was only a doll.
Several witnesses had called the emergency services to report that a baby was trapped inside the Honda CRV on Jackson Street last week, reported CBS New York.
And the medics realised the only way to get the seat-bound baby was to break the window.
The car owner, Ms Luz Kitty Mieles, was at work then. When she found the window smashed, the workers apologised and the city of Hoboken has offered to pay for the damage to her car.
Ms Mieles has accepted the apology.
She told New York's WABC News that her granddaughter had put the doll in the car's child seat.
Mr Thomas Molta, president of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, said the paramedics made an honest mistake.
They have since laughed off the mix-up, but the workers made the right call at the moment, Mr Molta said.
"I'd rather err on the side of caution. You can replace a window. You can't replace a life," he said.
Their worry is not unjustified as on average, 36 US children die in locked hot cars every year, NBC News reported.
That's more than 600 deaths since 1998.
Ms Mieles said the doll is now such a great conversation piece she can't bear to part with it, but she will never leave it in the child's car seat again.
"Not my granddaughter's doll, not in the car," she said. "Never ever."
I'd rather err on the side of caution. You can replace a window. You can't replace a life.
- Mr Thomas Molta, president of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, on the medics smashing the car window to rescue the "baby" which turned out to be a doll.
This article was first published on August 5, 2014.
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