NE Child stuck inside stuffed animal claw machine

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:06am

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.

Rachell Hildreth couldn't believe it until she saw it for herself.

They believe he crawled in through the prize door, which has a safety stop, then scaled into the pit. He wasn't hurt or scared.

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.

Just across the street, a mother had also called police around 5:30 p.m.

She had returned from going to the bathroom to find her son missing.

They found a customer from the bowling alley looking for a missing parent.

The toddler even got to keep one of 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.

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