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News 4 obtained a photo of the doll, which appeared dressed in a onesie and did look like a dead child who was decomposing

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    Realistic Doll Mistaken for Dead Baby in Queens

    A bizarre turn of events in Queens Tuesday, as police initially responded to reports that a baby was dead in the grass, and pronounced it dead — but turned out to be a very life-like doll that had discolorations consistent to prolonged death. NBC 4 New York's Rana Novini reports.

    (Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019)

    Police say what appeared to be a dead infant found outside a park in Queens -- a "child" that was declared dead by emergency personnel -- turned out to be a realistic-looking doll made to look like a decomposing baby.

    Emergency responders had declared the "3-month-old child" dead after being called to Bayside's Crocheron Park when a runner stumbled upon the apparent body and called 911 around 7:40 a.m. The "prop" was on a sidewalk outside of a home across the street from the park — and officers responded en masse. 

    A short time later, the scene was teeming with investigators. A crime scene tent was seen pitched near a sidewalk fence, the area crawling with uniformed police and plainclothes detectives as they canvassed the park for evidence. Caution tape cordoned off multiple intersections; NYPD community affairs officers in blue jackets were also spotted at the scene. 

    It's not clear how emergency personnel could have declared the doll "dead" without realizing it wasn't alive, nor was it clear why such a huge law enforcement presence remained at the scene hours later. It also wasn't clear where the doll or prop came from.

    Cops Swarm Queens Park After Prop Is Mistaken for Dead Baby

    [NATL NY] Cops Swarm Queens Park After Prop Is Mistaken for Dead Baby

    Law enforcement descended on a Queens park across the street from a school after what appeared to be the remains of a baby — but turned out to be some sort of prop or doll — were found there Tuesday morning, authorities said.

    (Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019)

    News 4 obtained a photo of the doll, which appeared dressed in a onesie and did look like a dead child who was decomposing.

    Neighbors described at least 100 cops at the scene.

    A woman whose friend's daughter lives down the block — and whose children attended the nearby public school — was so disturbed when she was told a dead baby had been found that she could barely speak. 

    Lori Scolaro says she usually walks at the park early in the morning and couldn't imagine having been the one to find the child.

    "That's terrible," Scolaro said, choking up, her hand covering her mouth. "That's terrible. I'm sorry — I can't — it's a baby. I can't."

    The investigation is ongoing.