EMTs smash window of hot car to rescue … a doll

Posted at 3:46 PM, Aug 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-01 15:46:53-04

Hoboken, N.J. — EMTs smashed a SUV’s window in Hoboken, N.J. Thursday in an attempt to save a what appeared to be a baby locked inside the sweltering vehicle.

They discovered a doll instead.

Several people called 911 to report that a baby was trapped inside the Honda CRV, according to CBSNewYork

The EMTs had mistaken Luz Kitty Mieles’ 2-year-old granddaughter’s doll for a live baby. The granddaughter had left the doll in a child’s safety seat.

Officials apologized for smashing the windows and the city reportedly offered to pay for the damage. The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps defended the EMTs’ actions, saying that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Mieles says she has accepted the apology.

A new law being proposedon Long Island would protect Good Samaritans from being sued for breaking into a vehicle to rescue a child under eight years old.