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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.

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

In this April 14, 2014 photo provided by Rachelle Hildreth, a 3-year-old boy plays with stuffed toys inside a claw crane game machine at a bowling alley in Lincoln, Neb. Police say a 24-year-old woman called 911 Monday afternoon because son was missing from her apartment. Authorities say the toddler was reunited, unharmed, with his mother after employees found him inside the coin-operated game. (AP Photo/Courtesy Rachell Hildreth)
In this April 14, 2014 photo provided by Rachelle Hildreth, a 3-year-old boy plays with stuffed toys inside a claw crane game machine at a bowling alley in Lincoln, Neb. Police say a 24-year-old woman called 911 Monday afternoon because son was missing from her apartment. Authorities say the toddler was reunited, unharmed, with his mother after employees found him inside the coin-operated game. (AP Photo/Courtesy Rachell Hildreth)
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