Missing Three Year-Old Found - Playing Inside a Toy Claw Machine

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | April 16, 2014 | 11:47 AM EDT

A three year-old Lincoln, Nebraska boy went missing Monday night, and you won't believe where they found him - in the bowling alley across the street's claw machine.

After the three year-old's mom called 911, the police located the boy across the street from his apartment at Madsen's Bowling Alley and Billiards inside the claw prize machine. The boy was playing happily with the stuffed toys inside.

"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 bartender Rachell Hildreth.

The only way the boy could have entered the machine by is squeezing his small body through the prize hole. The owner of the machine, Jim Lakey, came to the boy's rescue "rushing to the bowling alley with the machine key," reports local news station KLKN.