Creepy Porcelain Dolls Left in Front of Homes Where Little Girls Live

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Someone's either playing a cruel trick or issuing some kind of cryptic warning to the children of San Clemente, California. Police report that an unidentified person is leaving porcelain dolls in front of homes where 10-year-old girls live. And what's even creepier is that the dolls resemble the children.

According to Orange County Sheriff's Department Lt. Jeff Hallock, 11 dolls have been reported by frightened parents. The dolls were all placed in front of homes in the same gated community and, according to KTLA, at least some of the girls attend the same elementary school. The dolls have been taken into evidence and while the Sheriff's Department says that leaving scary-as-shit porcelain dolls in front of children's homes is not a crime (yes it is! Have you never seen a horror movie, Sheriff?) Hallock says that the police are taking this incident very seriously.

"Is it a prank? Is there some specific motivation?" Hallock said. "Obviously, there's an indication by some the parents that the dolls resemble their daughters. We're talking about children here.

"Anything that has the potential to involve children causes us some concern."

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LAist suggests that this might just be someone's misguided attempt to spread peace and joy* to the children and their families (they are being optimistic), but then why not leave some kind of note or ring the doorbell? I've seen this Tales From the Crypt episode and it does not end well.

Just for reference, if you don't think this is creepy:

Dolls, man.

*I just need to share that a similar type of thing happened to my family back in the old country. Someone would wait until we were gone and then throw a box of cookies through an open window. This happened several times and my parents thought that someone was trying to poison us and made us sleep with them so we wouldn't be kidnapped. Turned out it was one of their friends who would have extra cookies from work and would bring them by and just miss us. STILL CREEPY.

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You know, I can't help but wonder if this was actually *MEANT* to be a nice, generous deed performed by an old school Santa Claus type craftsperson who just thought they were doing something anonymous and kind for their neighbors' kids. The first neighborhood I lived in as a kid was a dead end street that offered my brothers and I and my best friend who lived six houses down (the only kids on the block) at least a dozen sets of extra grandparents who were always looking out for us, which sometimes included dropping off hand-me down toys from their kids or even making small crafts for us. Obviously, this would-be Secret Santa is clearly out of touch with today's world of predators and horror movie tropes, but still...what if it's just a nice old, doll-collecting lady who assumes that every little girl wants their own (terrifying)pint-sized porcelain doppleganger?