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Would you think this was a real baby? Officers break into car to save 'new-born'

Credit: West Midlands Police
Credit: West Midlands Police
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Police have asked the public to share their views - after two experienced officers broke into a locked car to rescue what appeared to be a trapped baby.

West Midlands Police were called to Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, UK, after receiving reports that a newborn infant was abandoned in the vehicle.

The incident occurred on the morning of Monday, September 14.

The 'baby' was wrapped tightly in a blanket with its face and arms covered, and officers feared for its welfare.

After efforts to locate the owner of the Vauxhall Corsa proved futile, the constable and sergeant broke a small rear window to gain acces.

"Two of my officers did the right thing when faced with what they genuinely believed was a baby, alone and critically ill in a locked car on the hospital's car park," Chief Inspector Phil Dolby said.

"The colouration of the head appeared discoloured, giving the highly experienced officers additional cause for alarm.

"Efforts were made to trace the owner of the car. But believing this was a genuine emergency, they broke a window to investigate further.

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"There's no suggestion that the doll was placed in a deliberate effort to waste police time so we will of course pay for the damage caused.

"I apologise to the owner of the car who knows the reasons why my officers took the action they did.

"She will hopefully agree that had it have been a baby in distress and had they not acted, they would be subject of this scrutiny for all the wrong reasons."

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