BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss — Police officials in Mississippi say a doll given to a child at a Carnival parade last month may have created controversy, but broke no city or state laws. 

The Bay St. Louis Police Department concluded its investigation last week after finding inconclusive evidence that a white man was racially motivated when he handed a black doll with beads wrapped around its neck to a black girl during the Krewe of Nereids parade on Feb. 16. 

According to police, all the stuffed animals and dolls handed out by riders were hanging by Mardi Gras beads before they were thrown.

"As a result of the investigation, the Bay St. Louis Police Department has determined no state statutes or city ordinances were violated and that there was no intent of hatred," a statement from the police department read.

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