Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Baby Doll

In rural Southern Illinois, a toy company began selling "realistic" baby dolls to expectant mothers, but apparently, after the mother had her child, the toy baby would start crying. Eventually, the "rocking motion" advertised to calm it down wouldn't work, and you couldn't get it to stop without shaking it. Eventually, the parent would have to beat it, and the beatings and thrashings would have to get harder and harder to get it to be quiet. The only thing that seemed to shut the baby doll up permanently was to bash its head against the wall to destroy whatever mechanism triggered the crying.

On more than one occasion, though, neighbors called the authorities to report child abuse, and when the police arrived they found the bloody remains of infants smeared across the walls and the floor. In most cases, the mother couldn't understand why the police were there; she just "got rid of the stupid doll" as she rocked a baby-shaped bundle in her arms.

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