Missing child found safe inside bowling alley claw crane machine

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

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

Across the street, people at a nearby bowling alley found a little boy sitting with stuffed animals inside a claw crane machine. Employees called the vendor who quickly arrived and let the boy out.

Police investigating the missing child report were flagged down by someone who told police about the boy found inside the claw crane machine. The mother was reunited with the child who is doing fine, according to the report.

Police said the mother was not cited because she contacted police as soon as she noticed the boy was missing.