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Someone Is Putting Creepy Dolls Resembling Little Girls In Front Of The Houses Where They Live

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In what is probably the creepiest news of the day, someone has been putting porcelain dolls that resemble actual human girls in front of the houses where they live in San Clemente. Eight dolls have been left on the doorsteps of homes, all in a gated community called Talega, KTLA reports. In each of these homes, there lives a girl about 10 years old, and some of the girls attend the same school.

According to Orange County Sheriff's Department's Lt. Jeff Hallock, the families say that the dolls bear an eerie resemblance to their daughters. One of the dolls came with a little stuffed rabbit and was wearing bunny slippers.

Now it is, of course, possible that this is a kind gesture meant to spread joy and happiness into the lives of little girls. But when someone leaves a glassy-eyed doll that looks like your child on your doorstep anonymously, it's pretty creepy. There's an entire slice of horror cinema dedicated to possessed dolls: The Conjuring, Child's Play, Puppetmaster, that Twilight Zone episode with Talky Tina—the list goes on.

Update, 2:42 p.m.: New reports say there may be as many as 11 dolls.

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