Mystery of dolls left on girls' doorsteps solved

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She was just trying to give away her doll collection.

But the neighbourly woman sparked a panic in a gated community in Orange County instead, as families were left wondering if anything sinister was afoot.

Families with girls around the age of 10 had been finding porcelain dolls lying on their doorsteps throughout the past week.

If that hadn't been creepy enough, the dolls actually resembled the girls they had been given to.

Worried parents called the cops, who found that a total of 11 families had received dolls.

E! Online reported resident Mary Robin Baziak as saying: "I'm actually thinking the worst, like someone creepy watching our children and I'm actually pretty scared about it. [Someone] found a China doll on her stop that looked like her daughter."

Nothing sinister going on

Fortunately, the truth of the matter was a lot less creepy.

A woman was trying to get rid of her dolls and decided to match them up with girls who looked similar to them.

KTLA reported that a police statement said: "Investigators have concluded that her motivation was out of goodwill and that she intended it as a kind gesture."

Well, lady, next time, you might want to leave a note along with the gift. It would make the whole gift-giving thing go a lot smoother.

This is an update to our earlier story here.

Sources: Mail Online, E! Online, KTLA