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Unknown person leaves porcelain dolls on CA doorsteps

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Some California parents have contacted authorities after finding porcelain dolls that look like their children on their doorsteps. (Source: Orange County Sheriff’s Office/KTLA/CNN) Some California parents have contacted authorities after finding porcelain dolls that look like their children on their doorsteps. (Source: Orange County Sheriff’s Office/KTLA/CNN)

SAN CLEMENTE, CA (KTLA/CNN) – Many nerves are rattled in the San Clemente, CA on Thursday, as news spread that someone is leaving porcelain dolls on the front doorsteps of homes where little girls live.

“I would say [it's] creepy or very unusual,” Orange County, CA Sheriff's Office Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

Hallock says at least eight families in the area have had dolls left on their porches in the past few days.

“There’s an indication by some of the parents that the dolls resemble their daughters, and we’re talking about children here,” Hallock said.

Most are around the age of 10 and attend the same elementary school. The sheriff’s department is investigating the connection and whether this is a prank or a sexual predator.

No notes or threats were attached to the “gifts” left on porches.

The victims and their neighbors were too scared to speak to reporters, but several San Clemente moms and their daughters of similar ages were freaked out.

"You don't hear or see anything like that. Only in the movies," one mom said. "We're in a bubble here in south Orange County."

"I'd just be really scared, like I don't think I could sleep at night," a young girl said.

Also in a strange twist, another woman who did not want to be identified showed a set of wooden dolls she found on her front step two weeks ago. She has a five-year-old daughter.

When she heard about the porcelain dolls on Thursday, she decided it was time to file a police report.

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