Emergency Crews Smash Car Window to Rescue Baby, Find Lifelike Doll in Car Seat

PHOTO:Police officers respond to a report of a baby trapped in a car and were surprised when it turned out to be a doll, Aug. 31, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. PlayKGO
WATCH Rescue of Baby Locked in Car Turns Out to Be Child's Play

Authorities in Oakland, California, were in for quite the surprise when they responded to a report of what appeared to be a baby trapped in a car, police said.

Emergency personnel smashed the car window and forced their way into the vehicle on Monday, only to find a lifelike doll sitting in the car seat, Officer Johnna Watson of the Oakland Police Department told ABC News.

"Although this incident did not involve a baby or small child, it was unknown at the time," Watson said. "And first responders' number one priority is to ensure ... safety."

PHOTO: Police officers respond to a report of a baby trapped in a car and were surprised when it turned out to be a doll, Aug. 31, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.KGO
Police officers respond to a report of a baby trapped in a car and were surprised when it turned out to be a doll, Aug. 31, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.

"Fortunately, it was not a baby or small child," Watson said. "We encourage anyone who believes there is a dangerous situation such as this incident to contact emergency personnel so we can make that determination."

PHOTO: Police officers respond to a report of a baby trapped in a car and were surprised when it turned out to be a doll, Aug. 31, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.KGO
Police officers respond to a report of a baby trapped in a car and were surprised when it turned out to be a doll, Aug. 31, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.

The police do not know why the doll was in the car seat, Watson said.