Curious child visits inside of Nebraska claw machine (w/ video)Lincoln, NE (CNN) - A child is safe after climbing into and getting stuck inside a stuffed animal claw crane machine at a bowling alley in Lincoln, Nebraska Monday.
By: Andrew Ozaki, CNN, CNN
Lincoln, NE (CNN) - A child is safe after climbing into and getting stuck inside a stuffed animal claw crane machine at a bowling alley in Lincoln, Nebraska Monday.
Monday evening, Curious George wasn't the only curiosity in this vending machine at Madsens Bowling and Billiards.
Rachel Hildreth - Madsen's Bowling & Billiards: “He said there was a child inside the Bear Claw machine.”
Rachell Hildreth couldn't believe it until she saw it for herself.
Rachel Hildreth: “There's like a 3 year old child inside the machine, playing with the stuffed animals, just throwing them around.”
She believes he crawled in through the prize door which has a safety stop, then scaled into the pit. He wasn't hurt or scared.
Rachel Hildreth: “There must have be 25 people surrounding him but he didn't notice anybody he was just inside playing with the stuffed animals.”
But how to get him out?
Employees called the vendor with the key to open the machine, then called police when they couldn't find the boy's mom.
Rachel Hildreth: “Saying there was child here with no parent.”
Just across the street, a mother had also called police around 5:30. She had returned from going to the bathroom to find her son missing.
Officer Katie Flood - Lincoln Police: “So we had officers in the area searching the neighborhood.”
They found a customer from the bowling alley looking for a missing parent.
Rachel Hildreth: “Everything was fine and he got out fine.”
The toddler even got to keep one his new stuffed friends; a reminder of his unbelievable adventure.
Police said the mother was not cited because she contacted police as soon as she realized her son was missing.