Toddler Gets Stuck in a Claw Machine: OMG, How Did This Happen?
by Lisa René LeClair
Photograph by Twenty20
toddlers know the drill: You show up at an indoor play space party and pray
that your kid doesn't get lost or injured. For the most
part, these play centers are a secure place for parents to
let their kids roam free, but according to Oklahoma News 4,
that's not what happened to one little boy at Jump Zone in Oklahoma City.
Dawson Low, a 22-month-old toddler, went missing for more than an hour before he was located and rescued from a—wait for it—claw machine.
Destiny Low, said it happened when she turned to talk to her 4-year-old
daughter, who was attending a private party at Jump Zone. When she looked
back to check on her son, he was gone.
She said she
wasn't concerned at first—thinking he might have sneaked into a bouncy house with
another child—but after a few moments of not being able to locate his bright
orange outfit, she panicked and contacted authorities.
the type of parent that ever thought I'd lose my kid in five seconds," Low
told News 4.
the type of parent that ever thought I'd lose my kid in five seconds.
security camera footage, Jump Zone determined that Dawson was still inside the
hurt," Low recalled thinking at the time. "He's somewhere alone and hurt, and that is
In an effort to quiet the building, employees turned off the air pumps. It was then that a little girl—putting quarters
into the prize machine—heard him crying from inside. Somehow, Dawson had
gotten stuck inside the machine, behind a hidden door that
didn't open outward. The boy was found lethargic and sweaty after being trapped
inside the machine, filled with lights, for over an hour.
isn’t the first time a child has gotten wedged inside one of those claw
machines. Last month, the Orlando
Sentinel published a story about another curious little boy—only this time,
they caught it on film.
of the boys suffered any permanent injuries, Low hopes that her son’s experience
will force manufacturers to rethink the design of these machines so it doesn’t