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A missing three-year-old Lincoln boy was discovered in a claw machine at a bowling alley Monday night.

Lincoln Police Department got a call Monday about a missing boy. His mother told police he'd slipped out an unlocked door of their apartment while she was in the bathroom.

After arriving at the scene, police were told a child matching the boy's description was at Madsen's Bowling & Billiards, 4700 Dudley St., across the street from where the boy lives.

An LPD sergeant went to investigate and saw the three-year-old boy had crawled inside the claw machine at the bowling alley. He was uninjured and playing happily with the stuffed animals in the machine, said Katie Flood, public information officer with LPD. Madsen's employees, along with a vending machine company, helped remove the child safely.

Flood said the sergeant regretted not taking a photo of the scene.

No citations were issued to the mother as there was no indication of neglect. Police said she acted quickly and appropriately upon learning her son was missing.

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