OH BABY, WHAT A MESS ... Two British policemen called to rescue a baby trapped alone in a hot car last week did so by breaking out a window -- only to find that they'd just saved a life-like doll.

Victoria Crisofis had bought a "Reborn" doll for her daughter, Chanel,and the girl left it in the passenger seat. A passerby saw the doll - which is so anatomically correct it even has tiny, little veins - and called the cops, who sprang into action, saving the doll and causing $400 in damage to the car. The police have agreed to pay for the repairs.