Child stuck in stuffed animal claw machine

LINCOLN, Neb. (KETV/CNN) – Monday evening Curious George wasn’t the only curiosity in this vending machine at Madsen’s Bowling and Billiards.

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

“There’s like a 3 year old child playing with the stuffed animals just throwing them around,” Hildreth said.

They believe he crawled in through safety stop, then scaled into the pit. He wasn’t hurt, or scared.

“There must have be 25 people surrounding him, but he didn’t notice anybody he was just inside playing with the stuffed animals,” Hildreth said.

But how to get him out?

Employees quickly called the vendor with the key to open the machine, and called police when they couldn’t find the boys 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.

“So we had officers in the neighborhood searching the neighborhood,” Lincoln police officer Katie Flood said. “They found a customer from the bowling alley looking for a missing parent.”

The toddler even got to keep one his new stuffed friends. A reminder of his unbelievable adventure.

Lincoln police say the child’s mother reacted quickly once she realized her son wandered off.

She will not be cited for neglect.

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