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US dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill

Authorities say dolls were meant to send goodwill, not chill, around California neighborhood

US dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill

SAN CLEMENTE, California (AP) -- They sent a creepy feeling through several Southern California families, but authorities say the person who left porcelain dolls on doorsteps didn't mean any harm.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department said Thursday that someone had left the dolls wearing nightgowns and lace dresses at as many as eight homes in a neighborhood this week.

The families were worried because they felt each doll resembled a young girl who lived in the house, setting off an investigation and call for public help in finding who had placed them.

But later Thursday the sheriff's department said it found the person responsible and the intent had been goodwill. No further details were released.

Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock told City News Service the dolls and their resemblance to real girls left families feeling "creepy."