Police Break Woman's Windows to Rescue Kid Who Doesn't Exist

She claims they don't want to pay for the damages
By Daniel Kay,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2016 5:23 PM CDT
Police Break Woman's Windows to Rescue Kid Who Doesn't Exist
Broken glass from a car window is shown on the ground.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Police in Suffolk, Virginia, have a little egg on their face, Newsnet5 reports, after they broke into a woman's car on a hot day intending to save a trapped child, and instead found nothing but a wig. Jasmine Turner, the owner of the car, says she was surprised when police called her concerned about the welfare of a child locked inside her car on Thursday. Turner told local news station WAVY: "I don’t have a baby so I’m like, ‘Where’d the child come from? Who put the child in my car?'" Police broke the window anyway, but discovered what had appeared to be a child to the concerned bystander who called 911 was actually no more than a wig and some blankets.

Perhaps due to embarrassment, or perhaps due to more pressing business elsewhere, the responding officers reportedly left the scene before Turner returned to her car. Turner claims police told her they wouldn't pay for her repairs, which she estimates will cost several hundred dollars. In a classic case of he-said-she-said, the local police department says authorities referred her to the city's risk management division to file a claim for reimbursement. Either way, for now, Turner says she's afraid to drive the car. "I really can’t take my car anywhere around Suffolk. Anywhere actually," she says. (More Suffolk stories.)

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