Police break into car to save ‘sweltering baby’ ... except it was just a doll

Victoria Cristofis standing by her car holding the baby doll which was mistaken by police for a real baby
Victoria Cristofis standing by her car holding the baby doll which was mistaken by police for a real baby
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FEARS for the safety of a sweltering ‘baby’ led police to break into a parked car - only to find the ‘infant’ was a doll.

Worried officers smashed a window of the vehicle - parked on a street in Worksop - to save the baby, which seemed to be trapped alone in hot weather.

The realistic-looking £10 doll had been left in the car by Anastasi Cristofis’s five-year-old daughter Chanel when he dropped her off at school.

The 37-year-old had then returned to the fish and chip shop he owns, on Kilton Hill in the town.

A passer-by spotted the Reborn doll, created to look like a real baby, on the floor of the car and called police.

Chanel’s mother Victoria Cristofis, 25, said: “I can see why they did it – it could have been a real baby in danger.

“Chanel carries Sam everywhere and lots of people have commented on how real she looks.”

Mr Cristofis said: “I couldn’t believe it when the police turned up holding the doll and told me what had happened.

“The officer handed the doll over and told me not to leave it in the car again.

“This has caused me so much inconvenience but the police have offered to pay for the damage.”

Sgt Robert Holmes, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “A young life was potentially at risk. This is a perfect example of why drivers need to think about what they leave on view in their car.”