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Missing Neb. boy found in stuffed animal machine

Missing Neb. Boy Found In Stuffed Animal Claw Machine


A 3-year-old Nebraska boy is now safe after somehow crawling his way into a stuffed animal claw machine at a bowling alley across the street from his family's apartment Monday night. WOWT reports the boy's 24-year-old mother called police, telling them her son got out of an unlocked door in their Lincoln apartment while she was in the bathroom. Somehow he got to the bowling alley.

KMTV points out 3-year-old Kael Ireland was able to somehow make his way through the machine's small opening and crawl up inside to play with some of the toys.

Some witnesses got cellphone video before the machine's vendor was able to get the key to free the boy. The vendor told KOLN it's difficult for kids to pull off what Kael was able to do Monday night.

"The cranes are built so that kids can't get in there and steal items. ... He wasn't hurt, and the parents were glad we got him out of there."

This isn't the first time this has happened. Back in August, this video showed a crowd of people gathering around the machine as a young boy was stuck inside. Employees at the bowling alley quickly unlocked the door and let the boy out.

And in 2012, The Huffington Post reported a 3-year-old boy in Australia wound up in a vending machine and started handing out stuffed animals to strangers nearby. He also made it out safely.

Kael was not hurt in Monday's incident. The vendor gave him a stuffed animal from the machine to take home. As for Kael's mother, police say she won't be cited because they don't suspect neglect in this case.

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sylvabugg2 April 16 2014 at 11:28 AM

Not criticizing the mother here, after all, kids can get away from you in the blink of an eye. Perhaps she didn't know he was capable of unlocking a locked door yet. Just some advice, put a slide type lock high up on the door, out of reach of the toddler. Glad everything worked out ok.

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rosem86 sylvabugg2 April 16 2014 at 11:31 AM

I Had locks on all my doors when my kids were little.. Its a good idea.

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EricS sylvabugg2 April 16 2014 at 12:56 PM

Or...something much easier, and more beneficial, TEACH them what they should and shouldn't do. Yes, it takes work (that's what parenting is), but would greatly benefit the child in the long run. After all, children are meant for the long run, not the short term. Easier to teach someone, than to put things in place to "avoid" mishaps. Which is the equivalent of "sweeping problems under the rug". A short term solution for something that needs to be done for the future.

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shindogdiggity88 April 16 2014 at 12:28 PM

Did he find Buzz and Woody in there?

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douttfire shindogdiggity88 April 16 2014 at 12:48 PM

I bet he was looking!

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hollell2 shindogdiggity88 April 16 2014 at 12:52 PM

I thought of toy story right away...little green martians :)

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mykell069 April 16 2014 at 12:17 PM

When my son was two years old, we lived in an apartment that had deadbolts on the doors that would unlock when you turned the handle from the inside. We learned this the hard way one day, as we woke up at 5 AM with two cops in our bedroom holding our son. Apparently while we were asleep, he managed to climb out of his crib (didn’t know he could do that), open his bedroom door, dress himself (in his sister’s clothes), walk down the stairs, open the door, and walk around the apartment complex until someone found him ,called the cops and tracked him back to the door hanging wide open. Needless to say, we went out and got sliding locks for our doors and put them way too high for him or his older sister to reach! Kids are a lot craftier than we give them credit for sometimes.

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gramargo mykell069 April 16 2014 at 8:27 PM

I remember hearing a sound outside in the wee hours one night (thought it was a cat at first but nobody near had a cat). I looked out the window and saw our neighbor's tiny girl walking up the middle of the street crying. I ran out and got her and took her home, where her parents were shocked that she'd been able to open the door at all......it was normally locked. I think they added one of those flip locks that a child would have trouble figuring out. I wondered later if she'd walked in her sleep, as she didn't really seem very much awake when I picked her up.

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kcanpa2_kenneth April 16 2014 at 12:20 PM

With all of the complaining, name calling, finger pointing and arm chair parent teacher skills; it is good to know that there are soooo many perfect parents and know it all's to second guess the woulda, coulda, shoulda the mistakes of others. Perhaps, just perhaps, there should be a course of study, a standardized test, and then a license issued to allow breeding humans to have children. Any breeding pair of humans not having the proper licensing will have the neonate taken from them and the child will be raised only by the authorized, know it all perfect parents. If there are not sufficient perfect parents, then the human neonate shall be returned to the maker for redistribution to approved, authorized and licensed perfect parents. Get real, fecal matter happens and so does dumb and stupid.

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Alan April 16 2014 at 11:52 AM

If somebody put some money into that machine and pulled the kid out with the claw,would they have been allowed to keep him?

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Drew April 16 2014 at 12:05 PM

after 2 hours and 375$ by standers gave up on rescue...

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shckvlu2 Drew April 16 2014 at 12:12 PM

hahhaa drew!!!

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hpycmpr155 April 16 2014 at 11:49 AM

Old news Happens all the time., Yawn.

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agama63 April 16 2014 at 12:07 PM

This same story comes around every year, I don't get it?

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catalinahimechan April 16 2014 at 12:07 PM

I love seeing the comments criticizing the mother for leaving the door unlocked. Of course those people always remember to lock the door every time and they never make mistakes. In fact they never use the bathroom when having children or perhaps they take the child with them everytime they use the bathroom. This mom made a mistake which every parent does, but now I am sure she will triple check that her doors are properly secured for the rest of her life.

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dickn2000b catalinahimechan April 16 2014 at 12:18 PM

Anyone who is stupid enough, someone like you perhaps, to leave their door unlocked is asking to get mugged, raped or murdered.

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Megan hahaha!!!! catalinahimechan April 16 2014 at 12:18 PM

While I agree, you can't watch your kids every single second that they are awake. Your doors should always be locked regardless of whether you have a child or not. Leaving a door unlocked is inviting trouble.

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Don April 16 2014 at 1:06 PM

We had a grandchild in Florida who did this.

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blueeyessing Don April 16 2014 at 2:16 PM

Do you still volunteer to baby sit?

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