Missing Boy Found in Claw Machine at Bowling Alley

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Courtesy: @KETV

LINCOLN, Neb. — A child reported missing by his mother was found safe inside a claw crane machine at a nearby bowling alley in Nebraska on Monday.

According to KETV, the child’s mother called police around 5:30 p.m. after she discovered her 3-year-old boy was not inside her apartment.

At the bowling alley across the street, a little boy was found sitting with stuffed animals inside a claw crane machine. Employees called the vendor who quickly arrived and let the boy out.

While police were investigating the mother’s missing child report, they were told about a boy found inside the claw crane machine at the nearby bowling alley. The mother was reunited with the child who is reportedly doing fine.

According to police, the mother was not cited because she contacted police as soon as she noticed the boy was missing.

Read more: KETV


  • Mada

    I know how that boy got into the machine, and I tell you, when that boy turns 11, he’s going to have a half-giant knocking on his door to tell him he’s a wizard.

  • Me

    If I put 50 cents in and pull him out, I get to keep him, right ??
    Lol. Nice to see the parents are paying close attention. This is how “bad” things happen. Because of the PARENTS stupidity !!!!!
    Wake up neorealism your child gets abducted you jackasses

  • Rob

    I have a 5 year old and a 2.5 year old. They do amazing things that sometimes leaves me dumbfounded. My daughter once tried to leave in to go to the carnival in the middle of the night. The next morning my wife and I ran all through the house yelling and searching for her. We have the normal doors locks and then chain locks about 6 feet up on all doors that lead outside. Everything was locked and we found her sleeping under pillows and a blanket on the couch! Whew!! Never underestimate them, the little tricksters. Great he was found safe, but I really want to see the video of the kid getting into the machine. Some of them have the traps to even keep your hands from getting up in them.

  • Carl

    Yeah, but they only put him in there to get you to waste your money; you’d never be able to win him…. ;-)

  • Allen Basom

    I’m not judging the mom because I work in retail and I know how easily kids can slip away….I just want to know how he got inside the machine…those openings are small even for a three year old

  • Cassi

    My almost 3 year old can unlock our door and take those doorknob safety latches off he ended up in the basement and I was frantically searching for him all over the house and I was just in the bathroom for 2 min he’s a very smart boy doesn’t make me a bad parent does it

  • Beth

    I have a 3 year old and he knows how to unlock our doors. Doesn’t make us a bad parent. Do you never have to use the bathroom or do something that the child isn’t up your butt 24/7? How do you know she was not in the bathroom when the child might have unlocked the door and went it doesn’t say she didn’t have the door unlocked don’t assume that you know everything!

  • Dustin Plowman

    Can we address the main story here? How did he get INTO the machine. That’s all I can think about when I read this and surprised the journalist failed to mention. #madskillz

    • Cassidy Johnson

      Are you a parent? If so, have you not ever had your child wander off on you? Not every time a child gets lost or into a predicament is it the result of bad parenting.

      • elizabeth

        Pretty easy to lock a door… did you consider that he crossed a street. He’s lucky to be alive. How did she not hear the door open.. it said apartment, not a mall or candy store. When kids are in the house the doors should be locked for everyone’s safety.

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