3-year-old from Nebraska escapes home, climbs into claw machine at bowling alley across the street (Video)

By Gina DiFalco,

A missing 3-year-old boy from Lincoln, Nebraska was found unharmed inside of a claw machine located in a bowling alley across the street from the apartment he lives in with his mother.

The toddler’s mother frantically called 911 only to discover he had left their apartment and ventured across the street to Madsen's Bowling Alley and Billiards.

The bowling alley’s bartender, Rachell Hildreth, told KLKN-TV, "I really don't think he noticed any of us outside the machine because he was just picking up stuffed animals and putting them down where they come out of."

According to USA Today, the owner of the claw machine, Jim Lakey, arrived on the scene with a key to let the boy out.

Lakey told KLKN-TV it was a “rarity” that the boy got into the machine in the first place. "You have to weave your way in and out, so he had to work pretty hard to get in there," he said.

When he got out of the machine safely he was given one of the stuffed animals to take home. His 24-year-old mother was not charged with neglect because police said she acted quickly upon noticing he had gone missing when she was in the bathroom.

News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com



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