Tennessee child rescued after being caught in claw toy machine


The claw toy machine begged for another.

The irresistible allure of this toy so close led an 18 month old boy to be trapped in a claw toy machine at a coin operated laundromat in Maryville, Tennessee on Wednesday until firefighters kick him out safely. Colin Lambert was getting on the machine when his grandmother, Diane O’Neill, said she was distracted by a text message, then looked up to see Colin was trapped inside the plexiglass with the toys .

The boy had pushed hard on the front door of the machine to open it and made his way through an 8-10 inch gap to reach the toys before finding himself trapped.

But this is only the latest incident involving the machines. In April, a 3-year-old boy from Nebraska who was initially believed to be missing was found inside a claw machine at a bowling alley. Another toddler had to be rescued in Lexington, Ky. In 2012 after finding his way inside the machine by crawling along a chute into the machine. In 2010, a toddler from Pennsylvania crawled into a claw machine in a shopping mall and had to be rescued.

While some states like Georgia and Alabama regulate claw machines as gaming activities, there is no specific set of safety guidelines for them.

Tiny Colin however accomplished his mission. Firefighters let him keep a toy after rescuing him.

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