Police Smash Woman's Car Windows After Mistaking Wig For Child

Police mistakenly rescued a wig from a hot car, thinking it was a trapped child. Even though they made a mistake, the police refused to pay for the damages.

A Suffolk, Virginia woman got a strange call while shopping on Thursday; the police had received a call about a child left in her hot car, but Jasmine Turner doesn't have children.

“I don’t have a baby so I’m like, ‘Where’d the child come from? Who put the child in my car?'" Turner told WAVY-TV. “I’m as surprised as they were when they got the phone call.”

A stranger had seen what looked like a child locked in Turner's car in the parking lot of Northern Shores Elementary School. Police called Turner on their way to the scene and Turner assured them she would return to her car immediately and be there within five minutes.

By the time Turner returned, however, her car window was smashed in and the police were gone. All that remained was broken glass and Turner's wig, which likely worried passersby.

Although it may seem unreasonable that the police would not wait for Turner to arrive, weather in Suffolk had reached 80 degrees by midday when the Suffolk Police Department received the tip off about an endangered child. According to the public awareness site, Heat Kills, a car sitting in over 80 degree heat can quickly reach 130 to 170 degrees inside. As a result, rescue teams are quick to break windows, which has resulted in similar mistakes in the past.

But while the officers' unwillingness to hesitate is certainly good practice, their accountability for the damage leaves a lot to be desired. The damages left behind are going to take several hundred dollars to repair, demanding time and money Turner will find difficult to spare.

“I just want my window fixed and them to pay for it, either being in a rental or whatever the case is," she said. "I can’t take off work. I have bills to pay."

The police have apparently since referred Turner to the city's Risk Management Department to address the repairs, but the whole interaction seems unreasonably disrespectful and negligent.

You'd think after smashing up a citizen's personal property, police could be expected to wait two minutes to apologize or at least address the situation, even going so far as to ensure Turner had the right information to get in touch with the Risk Management Department to pay for the unnecessary damage. 

"I really can't take my car anywhere," Turner said of the incident. Hopefully she will receive the full payment that is owed her for the damages inflicted on her property in the unfortunate mix-up. 

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