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The skinny: Free dolls lead to scare and embarrassment

Well-intentioned act

Free dolls lead to scare and embarrassment

A Southern California woman told investigators she was embarrassed that her well-intentioned act of leaving porcelain dolls outside girls' homes scared a quiet San Clemente community, a sheriff's official said. Over the last week, a mother whose children had grown up discreetly dropped off eight to 10 dolls on residents' door steps — each them bearing a resemblance to a little girl living in the home. But the ornate dolls, left without any written message, unnerved residents. "Because her intentions were good, she felt embarrassed at the fear she instilled in the community," said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock. "She just thought she was being nice." Because the woman's children had outgrown playing with dolls, she elected to give them away, Hallock said. "When she was deciding which dolls to give to which girls, she did make a conscious decision that she thought certain dolls resembled certain girls," Hallock said. Authorities have declined to release the woman's name.

Neighbors speak up

Saved after days stuck in bathtub

Police have rescued an 81-year-old Colorado woman who spent several days stranded in her bathtub, apparently after taking a tumble. Worried neighbors called Colorado Springs police on Wednesday because they hadn't seen her recently. An officer found her later that day, dehydrated and disoriented, and unable to get out of the tub. She was taken to a hospital. Her name and condition haven't been released. She lives alone. Police said Friday it's not clear how long she was stuck but one neighbor hadn't seen her for 11 days.

Cartoon time

Child crashes Jeep, runs home

A 3-year-old boy crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons, according to police. Authorities said the boy, who was wearing only a diaper, climbed into the Jeep on Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses said it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house, causing minor damage. KPTV reported that an officer found the boy on a couch watching TV as if nothing had happened. The boy said his parents weren't home and another relative was sleeping. Police cited Brennan Pennington, 22, for failing to supervise a child.

Not very smart

She posted selfies in stolen dress

Police investigating the theft of clothing and jewelry from a southern Illinois boutique arrested a woman after she posted Facebook photos of herself wearing one of the stolen items. WSIL-TV reported that police arrested Danielle Saxton, 27, of West Frankfort this month on misdemeanor retail theft charges. The store's co-owner, Kert Williams, said he posted about the items on Facebook and people who saw his posting and those of Saxton made the connection and called police.

Compiled from wire services

The skinny: Free dolls lead to scare and embarrassment 07/25/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 25, 2014 11:32pm]
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