Woman Uses Fake Babies To Sneak Into Maternity Ward

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By Usha Hari | August 25, 2014 3:23 PM EST

In a bizarre incident, a California woman was arrested after she tried twice to sneak into a hospital maternity ward using lifelike dolls. The incident put the hospitals near Merced, CA on alert as cops suspect that the woman and her male accomplice might try to kidnap babies.

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A pair of Parisian dolls belonging to Britain's Queen Elizabeth (left doll) and her sister Princess Margaret, are seen at Buckingham Palace in London April 2, 2014.

However, the doll-maker woman claimed that the dolls are meant to comfort the elderly and mothers who have lost babies and she was trying to show off her creations. The woman, Tonya Whitney Boehs, told the police that she brought the dolls to the hospital where her husband is being treated for advertisement purpose and to show off their real life dolls a bit. However, Boehs and the male accomplice could not make their way into the baby wing. Though their true intentions are yet to be known, the police are not ruling out any sinister plans like kidnapping of babies.

"I did not mean to make anybody feel threatened or freaked out", Tonya Whitney Boehs told ABC Action News.

The woman doted on the baby like dolls by changing them and posing for photos, the station reported. However, she was turned away by a suspicious guard who snapped photos of them carrying the lifelike dolls, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The couple carried a diaper bag and carryall, with Boehs wearing hospital scrubs. However the outfit that did not match the hospital's uniform aroused suspicion among the guards on duty. The couple also falsely claimed that they have an appointment with an educator and carried an outdated business card from the centre's director.

Bob McLaughlin, spokesman for Mercy Medical Center, told the Merced Sun Star that it is the first time he had heard of someone trying to gain access to a maternity ward with a doll. The hospital staffs alerted the nearby hospitals and the police about the couple and have send photographs of them with their bogus babies. Though it may not be illegal to carry fake babies, the odd behaviour of the couple who acted real by changing diapers and hugging them is what is making their behaviour suspicious.

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A pair of Parisian dolls belonging to Britain's Queen Elizabeth (left doll) and her sister Princess Margaret, are seen at Buckingham Palace in London April 2, 2014.
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