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The Baby Doll

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In rural southern Illinois a toy company began selling “realistic” baby dolls to expectant mothers. But apparently after the mother had her child the toy baby would start crying. Eventually the “rocking motion” advertised to calm it down wouldn’t work, and you couldn’t get it to stop without shaking it. Eventually when it started crying the parent would have to beat it, and the beatings and thrashings would have to get harder and harder to get it to be quiet. The only thing that seemed to shut the baby doll up permanently was the bash its head against the wall to destroy whatever mechanism triggered the crying. On more than one occasion though, neighbors called the authorities to report child abuse, and when the police arrived they found the bloody remains of infants smeared across the walls and the floor. In most cases the mother couldn’t understand why the police were there, she just “got rid of the stupid doll” as she rocked a baby-shaped bundle in her arms.

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112 thoughts on “The Baby Doll”

  1. An Unwitting Accomplice

    To explanation, the mother’s are driven insane (that is unexplained) and when their real child begins to cry, they think it’s the baby doll so they ‘destroy’ it and then go back to the doll, thinking it is their real child.

  2. I am from rural Southern Illinois. I’m not all that young, and I’ve never heard this story. Ran it by my family, legendary storytellers, and asked various friends. Sounds like fiction. Bad fiction.

  3. Well somebody must be a white wolf gaming fan. In the game books about Pentex ,the evil corporation that exsist in the white wolf world, there was a Pentex sub company called Avalon. Avalon made evil toys including a baby doll who you had to shake just alittle at first to make it stop crying then gradually you had to shake the doll harder and harder then eventualy you had to hit the doll against the wall to make it stop crying.

  4. Ughh….I know the point of these stories is to scare you….but I just can’t do baby\small child death. I am the eldest of four and 2 of them aren’t even 3 yet….so this really bugs :/

  5. The mother learned to respond to loud wailing from an infant by beating its head against the wall. She then applied that automatic response to her own child, killing it.

  6. Long story short:

    “Open your eyes or you might not see.”

    Or in other words, because the woman/women was/were too stressed out; she/they couldn’t tell the difference between her/their real baby and the fake one.

    This is kind of sad, kind of creepy… and kind of just like “man, no wonder why I don’t have any children…”

    10/10 for creepiness and other elements

  7. Uhmmmmm, you would think they would just take out the batteries, and then when they realized there weren’t any, they’d be like *derp* oh it’s my kid… seriously creepy story, anyway!

  8. O.o short but intense. Me myself am super caring and i love little kids and babies, this just was like O___O to me… i cant explain the feeling i have right now.

  9. I…I wrote a pasta called “BabyDoll”
    And they probably haven’t even read it…

    Oh well, great story, by the way ^^

  10. I love this story. 9/10.

    “…bloody remains of infants smeared across the walls and the floor.”

    What’d they do, play in it? Instead of “smeared” I think it would have been bettter with “Spattered” or “Splattered”.

    Just my two cents

  11. I really like this one. I like the thought that dolls are like enchanted or something to confuse the parents. But I have to wonder if the people who\’s first thought when they can\’t get a toy to shut up is to beat it up were fit to be parents anyway. I mean, I\’ve thrown furbys against the wall in fits of frustration before, but in the end, I didn\’t take out a hammer and decide I was going to end that fucker\’s reign of terror, I just took the batteries out and gave it away.

  12. …If Japan ever produces robot babies realistic enough to confuse for real live babies, then I am going to go and live with the Amish

  13. Wow. I got creeped out.
    Just like Sigma said, it reminds me too of a fear that sometimes occurs in daydreams.

    It goes like this: I’m beating up a bully or something and saving a friend from embarassment, but suddenly realizing that I actually hit my friend in the face instead of the bully.

    It is the reason why I have never misused martial arts.

  14. -shudders-
    This pasta has scarred me for life. I can’t stand things like this…
    This seems less creepy to me and more sad.

  15. edit star-shaped.

    I like this one, but it reminds me of the following joke:

    Q: How many dead babies does it take to paint a room?
    A: Depends on how hard you throw them

  16. Am I the only one who thought this was rather amusing? Infants smeared across the wall? Come on, if it were me, I would have gone with something like: The officers found str-shaped sprays at random intervals. Halfway down the hall, the splatters began to have bits of grey matter in them. In the living room, where the mother was invariably crouched, there lay the bloody, bashed corpse of the woman’s newborn. When questioned, the mothers would rock back and forth, saying things like: “I don’t know what you want, I just got rid of the stupid doll”, while gently cradling a small, baby-sized object shrouded in blankets

  17. Ridiculous. This could never happen. I have held realistic dolls, meant to simulate real babies, and many actual babies. No matter how realistic a baby doll is, a person would have to be on some very strong drugs to confuse the doll with a real baby.

  18. I see it as, they had the dolls and thought they were great. They had the babies and the babies cried, they pissed, they puked, they didn’t shut up half as easily as the dolls.
    So, the mothers preferred the dolls. Obviously their REAL babies would be easy to care for, and it all had to be the dolls malfunctioning… so they let them switch places in their minds.

  19. I think I finally understood the story.
    The mothers were expectant, but may have had the baby around the time the dolls were worn enough to start malfunctioning. So, they accidentally picked up the wrong one, and bashed its brains all over the walls.

    …Or am I wrong?

  20. Blinded by Tears

    Gave me the goosebumps.
    Also, reminds me of the movie ‘American Gothic’, for some reason.
    Brix were thoroughly shat.

  21. sNaZzY cHeDdAfAcE

    rite. wt happens is the mother gets confused and bangs the LIVE babies head against the wall, when she thort it was the doll???? Was this rite???
    and im soz but i HAVE 2 say this-


  22. Oh man, this totally struck a nerve. I’m a relatively new aunt, and I tell you what, taking care of kids is nothing like they teach you when you’re expecting. Combine that with post-partum depression and you’ve got a real potential problem on your hands.

    I can see a depressed mother preferring the doll over the real child. The doll shuts the hell up when you rock it. Wouldn’t it be nice if that worked with real babies? XD

    But seriously. Majorly creepy. Oy.

  23. That’s not creepy, it’s just sad. T_T

    I’ve never been able to stand the thought of child abuse. This has irreparably scarred me. T_T!!

  24. Yeah there are a lot of different interpretations but this creepy pasta does really make me think of a black and white scene, and the song Ave Maria playing in the background xD

    As for the creepy pasta thats pretty fucked up lol.

  25. This is actually one of my fears.Sometimes I daydream about beating up my enemies and saving someone I like, but no matter how hard I try I suddenly imagine beating down the person I like too.

      1. TheIntimateAvenger

        You don’t have to be a sadist to imagine hurting people. Everyone does it. It’s a good stress reliever.

      2. If (s)he was a sadist (s)he would have enjoyed the fantasy, not been disturbed, like (s)he clearly insinuated. The brain becomes so preoccupied with its fears that the unconscious plays them out. I’ve had dreams in which I murder someone, but what makes me not a future killer is that I was deeply bothered, not amused.

  26. I saw that movie! It’s called first born, right? I watched it with my mom and although I liked it my mom refused to accept that the mom actually burried the baby instead of the doll

  27. my interpretation was always that the mother killed her real baby because she got it confused with the toy.

  28. i love this one so much. theres also a movie about this only the mother burries what she thinks is the doll in the back yard, only she burries her baby instead.

  29. Comment Leaver

    To Hippie:

    The mother becomes confused and we are given the impression that she has confused the baby for the doll. Thus the doll becomes the baby and insanity insues.

  30. @ hippie:
    The ambiguity is what makes this creepy. It’s not known whether or not the baby was real, thus the “insanity” tag.

  31. This one was interesting but a bit confusing. Was the doll a live baby and she just got confused? or the doll looked to real that it actually had blood.

    1. She killed her actual child becuase iy looked so similar. It said “after she gavr birth the other one wouldnt stop crying.”

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