Lincoln Police say A 3-year-old boy managed to crawl up into a claw machine and was playing with the toys inside while his mother searched for him.
Workers at Madsen's Bowling and Billiards in Lincoln said a customer alerted them to the situation.
At the same time police were called to a nearby home after a 24 year old woman called 911 to after she discovered her 3-year-old had slipped out of her apartment.
She told police that she was in the bathroom when the boy left through an unlocked door. The boy was freed from the machine without injury.
Police say the mother acted appropriately as soon as she realized her son was missing and there were no indications of neglect. She was not cited.