Missing toddler found safe, playing in ‘claw crane’ machine

Missing toddler found safe, playing in ‘claw crane’ machine

CLAW MACHINE:In this April 14 photo, a 3-year-old boy plays with stuffed toys inside a claw crane game machine at a bowling alley in Lincoln, Neb. Authorities say the toddler was reunited, unharmed, with his mother after employees found him inside the coin-operated game. Photo: Associated Press/Courtesy Rachell Hildreth

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — 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.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Man Killed After Shooting Inside Home


Incident happened around 3:30am on East Brown.

in Local

Wanted: Historic Farmhouses in Sangamon County

farm house

Do you own a pre-1860's farmhouse?

in Local

Rauner on Refugees: “Take a Deep Breath”


Refugee-resettlement groups say Rauner has no authority to stop incoming Syrians.

in Local

Attorneys: Schock Has Complied with Subpoenas

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Schock's attorneys: our client has done his job.

in Local

Madigan Encourages Online Safety During Holidays

lisa madigan

Tips and guidelines for managing your child’s internet use are a major focus in this year’s Safe Shopping Guide.