Couple Repeatedly Try to Enter Maternity Ward in Merced With Baby Dolls: Police

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A couple holding two dolls resembling real babies tried to enter a hospital maternity ward in Merced, officials said. (Credit: Merced Medical Center via Los Angeles Times)

Police are investigating a Merced couple who twice tried to gain access into a local hospital’s maternity ward while holding two dolls resembling real babies.

The couple were holding two lifelike baby dolls when they tried to bypass security at the Merced Medical Center’s maternity ward over the weekend, saying they had an appointment, officials said.

Detectives have identified the couple and are looking into their motives, including whether they were trying to abduct a baby, Merced Police Capt. Tom Trindad said.

“This is definitely something we are concerned about,” he said.

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