This Cop Saw A Baby In A Hot Car And Shattered The Window – Then Realized He Had Made An Awful Mistake

On a hot day during the Summer, a police officer responded to an urgent call. A child was trapped inside a car in the parking lot, the mother is nowhere to be seen and on arrival at the scene, the police officer consciously started trying to save the child...

This Cop Saw A Baby In A Hot Car And Shattered The Window – Then Realized He Had Made An Awful Mistake
This Cop Saw A Baby In A Hot Car And Shattered The Window – Then Realized He Had Made An Awful Mistake

This Cop Saw A Baby In A Hot Car And Shattered The Window – Then Realized He Had Made An Awful Mistake

On a hot day during the Summer, a police officer responded to an urgent call. A child was trapped inside a car in the parking lot, the mother is nowhere to be seen and on arrival at the scene, the police officer consciously started trying to save the child. Eventually, though, he realized that something was up.
 
Lieutenant Jason Short is a representative of the Keene Police Department in New Hampshire, and on one particular day in July 2016, he found himself in a very unusual situation. In fact, something happened to him while he was on shift that made local headlines. It all started with a 911 call, made by a member of the public. The caller reported that they had seen a child left in a car sitting in a Shopping Plaza parking lot. Even more sadly, the car's windows were closed on this hot day, and the temperature inside of the vehicle must have risen.

This Cop Saw A Baby In A Hot Car And Shattered The Window – Then Realized He Had Made An Awful Mistake

Naturally short responded immediately and raced over to the scene of the incident, aware of the potential danger to the baby. 

He knew that time was at a premium. I got there as soon as I could. I don't know how fast I was going, but it was quick, Short told New Hampshire news channel WMUR in August 2016. And once he had located the car in question, he peered inside to see what appeared to be a young baby covered with a light blanket peeping Out Underneath. Meanwhile, were soft infant shoes and a bottle of milk. But as the child's mother was seemingly nowhere around,

Short had to make a potentially or death decision. Could he afford to wait for the mom to return? At that moment, his decision was that he didn't have enough time to wait for the car's owner. The weather outside was sweltering after all, and no one could be sure how long the baby had been inside. So it seemed that there was only one thing for it, Short would have to take action himself.

This Cop Saw A Baby In A Hot Car And Shattered The Window – Then Realized He Had Made An Awful Mistake

Consequently, he grabbed his baton and started beating the car window with it in an attempt to free the child. And before long, the window shattered, allowing him to successfully gain access into the car when he did. However, he feared nothing short of the worst, speaking to WMUR in August 2016, the Lieutenant recalled that the baby looked lifeless, looked dead.

What's more, when he took the child out of the car, it wasn't moving. Short, quickly assessed then that there was nothing for it, but to perform emergency CPR. However, it was when he attempted to do so that the penny dropped, speaking to WMUR Short, remembered putting a finger in the baby's mouth, only to find that it was all resistance. So this wasn't a real baby at all.

This was a doll, but it wasn't just any old toy. It was an incredibly realistic doll that had managed to fall both the member of the public who dialed 911 and the responding police officer. Unfortunately, though, it had taken a call to the emergency services and a broken car window to get to the truth.

And the situation begged yet another question, whose doll was it? Well, it turned out that the owner of the doll was a woman from Vermont named Carolynne Seiffert.

This Cop Saw A Baby In A Hot Car And Shattered The Window – Then Realized He Had Made An Awful Mistake

The lifelike model in the back of her car, moreover, was called Ainsley and has been valued at over $2000 and amazingly, this doll wasn't the only one Seifert owned. In fact, she had about 40 of them that she had amassed over the years.

Sadly, Seiffert had lost a son, and so had turned to these types of lifelike dolls to bring her comfort. On that particular day then she had decided to take Ainsley out with her.

But knowing that the doll wasn't real, and perhaps not wanting to attract unnecessary attention, she chose not to bring Ainsley into the store with her. Interestingly, natural-looking baby dolls like "Ainsley" are called Reborn Dolls.

This Cop Saw A Baby In A Hot Car And Shattered The Window – Then Realized He Had Made An Awful Mistake

The process of making them is dubbed a reborning meanwhile and those who create the realistic dolls are described as reborn. People may feel the need to have one in their lives if like Carolynne Seiffert, for example, a beloved child has passed away. 

Alternatively, they may choose to purchase one, if their offspring have flown the Nest. What's more, customers can opt to receive documents that imitate traditional birth certificates or papers relating to adoption. That way, the process may feel more like having a real baby.

And as Lieutenant Short found to his cost, the model seems, at least at first glance, uncannily like the real thing, especially if elements like hair and even devices to simulate breathing and heartbeats are included.

Yet, although this story ends happily, with no babies coming to any harm and no lasting Damage Done, It seems as if Carolynne Seiffert did not enjoy any of the media attention associated with the incident. That's judging from a statement she made afterward to WMUR, in which she stated that she has been laughed at and embarrassed by all the fuss, perhaps feeling judged about her decision to adopt so many dolls.

This Cop Saw A Baby In A Hot Car And Shattered The Window – Then Realized He Had Made An Awful Mistake

She concluded her statement to the news station with some heartbreaking words.

“You may not know that how people deal with their losses in life”. 

She said, suggesting perhaps,

“That it is her doll that helped her with her grief after losing her son”. 

Not only that, but Carolyn Seifert has also expressed her hurt at the damage the police officer caused her car that day. In response, the Keene Police Department, apparently not wishing her to be out of pocket, has said that it would make it up to her by covering the cost of repairing her vehicle. But that doesn't mean that Short regretted his actions one bit. Short told WMUR,

“Indeed, as he genuinely thought that there was a real child stuck inside a hot car, he thinks, he did the right thing. I would never assume that it's a doll. I would always assume that it's a child, I would never do anything else. He continued reasserting his belief that he acted appropriately".

Furthermore, he decided to give some parting advice to Seiffert to avoid the same thing happening again in the future.

He suggested that she should either leave the doll at home or, alternatively, bring it inside with her when she leaves the car and Seiffert has apparently learned from the incident too. Since it happened, she has purchased a bumper sticker that emphasizes that the baby inside her car is not real. Thankfully, for everyone.

This situation didn't end in a tragedy. But what perhaps could have been avoided was plenty of unnecessary stress for all those involved. 

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