HOBOKEN, N.J. - You can call it a case of mistaken identity.
Emergency responders in Hoboken, N.J. thought they were rescuing a baby left in a hot car, but instead pulled out a doll.
The life-sized doll was left perched in a car seat by a 2-year-old girl. The girl’s grandmother admits the doll was strikingly lifelike, however she wishes crews would have taken a closer look.
“The doll is here. All you have to do is go like this, and there’s the doll,” Kitty Mieles said as she showed news crews where the doll was located.
Officials said they weren’t taking any chances on potentially saving a life.
“Seconds are paramount there. That’s the difference between a baby breathing, not breathing. Pulse, no pulse,” said Thomas Molta, president of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
Officials said 19 children have died this summer after being left in hot cars.