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Sep 9, 2014

This Woman Is A "Mother" To 300 Plastic Dolls And Used Her Family's Hair To Make Some Of Them

Meet Marilyn Mansfield and her incredible doll collection.

Here's Marilyn Mansfield, 36, with a pram. And in that pram is – not a baby.

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The pram contains a doll. One of the 300 ultra-realistic dolls she owns.

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She cares for them like they're her own children. No, really.

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She told Barcroft Media: "“I loved walking with a stroller when my kids were little - they don’t fit in the strollers anymore, so I take out a doll. The dolls can be therapeutic - for some people it can be beneficial as long as you’re not losing touch with reality."

She went on to say: "My instinct is to cuddle them, mother them, take care of them - that just comes natural for me."

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There are dolls all over her home in Staten Island, which she shares with her husband Zoth, 40, son Damien, 10, and daughter Skylar, 15.

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Damien, with some dolls.

She's even used her son's hair to make the dolls.

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She told Barcroft Media: "One of my favorites is Davina Star - I rooted her hair with my son’s hair. We usually use goat hair for the babies, but I decided to use my son’s hair so she looks like more of the family."

Her husband's totally cool with it.

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He told Barcroft Media: “This is my life and has been for over ten years now - living babies surrounding me in my bedroom and every room of the house."

Not too sure how daughter Skylar feels.

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Anyway, that's the story of Marilyn Mansfield and her incredible doll collection!

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Here's a video all about them.

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