Missing Nebraska toddler found in toy claw machine

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by Jolie Lee, USA TODAY Network

USA TODAY

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM

A three-year-old boy who went missing recently was found inside a toy claw machine in a bowling alley.

The boy's mother called Lincoln, Neb., police on Monday to report her son had gotten out of their apartment while she was in the bathroom, reports KUSA-TV in Denver.

The boy only could have gotten into the machine through the prize hole, reports KLKN-TV in Lincoln, Neb.

"I really don't think he noticed any of us outside the machine because he was just picking up stuffed animals and putting them down where they come out of," said Rachell Hildreth, a bartender at Madsen's Bowling Alley and Billiards, where the boy was found, in an interview with KLKN-TV.

So, did they have to use quarters to get him out? No, the owner of the machine who had a key came to the rescue, KLKN-TV reports.

The boy was uninjured and allowed to keep one of the stuffed toys from the machine, according to KLKN-TV.

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