Police Investigate 'Creepy Doorstep Dolls' Jul 25, 2014 9:25:08 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Jul 25, 2014 9:25:08 GMT -5
'Creepy' dolls left on family doorsteps across town - resembling young girls who live there
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – Police are baffled after multiple families called in cops reporting porcelain dolls that resemble their daughters being left outside their homes. The frightening figurines were all dropped on the doorsteps of more than 10 homes in a gated residential community.
The woman who left the dolls has now been identified by police and has told them her intention was never to scare anyone.
All the girls who received one were aged around 10 years old, and some attend the same elementary school.
A spokesman for Orange County Sheriff’s department said: “Families in each of the homes where porcelain dolls were left voiced concern the dolls resembled their daughters.”
They began appearing on July 16. In pictures released by police, one figurine is a small white girl with curly hair, wearing a pink nightie and bunny eared slippers. Another shows a girl in a flowing blue dress with ribbons in her hair.
Police say the eerie incidents have not been considered a crime despite the initial worries of homeowners. The woman responsible told police it was meant as a "gesture of goodwill."
Those who had been left the figurines figured it may have been someone from their local church, which was the only common bond among them.
According to police the woman admitted she left the dolls outside the houses, adding she had just been trying to get rid of her collection. She also said she had tried to match up dolls with the girls living at the homes, but had not meant to scare anyone.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Jeff Hallock said the police were called as the case appeared to involve children. He said: “Obviously, there’s an indication by some of the parents that the dolls resemble their daughters. “We’re talking about children here. Anything that has the potential to involve children causes us some concern.”
The dolls are currently being stored in the police department's evidence room.
Source: Christopher Bucktin, The Mirror, July 25, 2014.