A 3-year-old boy who went missing from his home was found inside a toy claw machine on Monday.
The boy’s mother initially called police and reported that her young son was missing. While she was in the bathroom, he had gotten out of their apartment.
The boy wandered to Maden’s Bowling Alley and Billiards nearby and climbed into the claw machine to play with the stuffed animals. When passerbys noticed the boy, they began taking pictures.
“I really don’t think he noticed any of us outside the machine,” Rachell Hildreth, a bartender at Madsen’s, said, “because he was just picking up stuffed animals and putting them down where they come out of.”
The owner of the bowling alley eventually unlocked the machine and helped the boy out.
The young boy was identified as a missing child and returned safely to his mother. He was also allowed to keep one of the stuffed animals.