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Oops: EMTs smash woman’s car window to rescue baby doll

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HOBOKEN, NJ – Call it a case of mistaken identity.

Emergency responders thought they were rescuing a baby left in a hot car.

But instead, they pulled out a doll.

Meet Todd and his grandmother Kitty Mieles.


Take a close look because Todd is a life-size doll.

But at a quick glance, Todd appears to be an infant in distress in a hot car that’s what authorities saw when Kitty’s brother used the SUV to visit friends.

“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,” said Kitty Mieles.

Kitty said her two-year old granddaughter left Todd perched in the car seat.

A passerby saw Todd and called 911 about a child in distress.

When the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp arrived they had to make a split decision so they broke the driver’s side window to save Todd.

“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.

Kitty admits Todd is lifelike but since she has a busted window she wishes the emergency responders would have taken a closer look.

“The doll is there, all you have to do is go like this (peeks in window) and you see the doll,” said Mieles.

Rescuing kids from hot cars is a major concern.

Todd is back home and Kitty is making a claim to repair the window.