The car’s window was broken, in order to save a child, that turned out to be a doll!
Unfortunately, we have heard countless stories of children being left in a hot car, with windows rolled up and most, do not have a happy ending. Twenty-one children, by the end of July of this year, have already died, as the result of being left in a car. Many were younger than 2. The annual average is 37 deaths.
So, when Lt. Jason Short heard the call come in, about a child left alone in a hot car, one July day, in the Walmart shopping plaza in Keene, N.H., he rushed over to the scene.
When he arrived, he saw the motionless child’s feet, from underneath a blanket, so he used his baton to break the window and save the child. The child was lifeless, so he immediately performed CPR. Unfortunately, it did not work, so he summoned the ambulance. While waiting, he looked for an obstructed airway.
“And I went to put my finger in its mouth and it was all resistance,” he recollected to WMUR-TV. And I’m like, ‘This is a doll.'” He called to cancel the ambulance since it was no longer needed.
Carolynne Seiffert, was the owner of the vehicle and of the doll, as well. Her 20-year-old son passed away from Hunter’s disease in 2005, and she collects the lifelike dolls in order to cope with her loss. She has about 40 in her collection.
These realistic dolls are known as reborn dolls, which are brought to life from regular, everyday dolls and can run to thousands of dollars. They are disassembled and painted with great intricacy. Their hair is replaced with mohair, or sometimes with real human hair. Their plastic eyes may also be replaced with more realistic ones made out of glass. In order to simulate a real baby, by weight, their body cavity may be filled with bullets.
There isn’t substantial medical data that helps us understand whether or not reborn dolls are truly beneficial to the grieve-stricken. However, psychiatrist Gail Saltz believes that it may help with the sense of abandonment, “For some women, such a transitional object eases them into ways of finding more external methods of dealing with their needs of care taking and loving a being who loves them back.”
Brian Costa, Keene police chief, said that he would pay the $300 to fix Ms. Seiffert’s car window. He fully supported Lt. Jason Short’s actions, stating, “If all indications are that a baby is in a car in upward of well over 90-degree weather.”
“I would never assume that it’s a doll,” Lt. Short said to WMUR. “I would always assume that it’s a child. I would never do anything different.”