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April 17, 2014

Missing toddler found inside claw crane machine

A mother called 911 to report her 3-year-old missing from her apartment; it's unclear how he got inside the coin-operated game at a bowling alley across the street from his apartment

The Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. — Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.

Lincoln police say a 24-year-old woman called 911 Monday afternoon because her 3-year-old son was missing from her apartment.

Employees at the bowling alley across the street meanwhile called police to say a small boy was playing with stuffed animals inside the coin-operated machine.

It was unclear how the boy ended up inside the claw crane machine. A representative from the vending machine company let him out and he was reunited with his mother a short time later. He was not hurt.

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Police say the mother was not cited because she quickly reported that her son was missing and there were no indications of neglect.

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