This is Tyler. He's three. Last week, he found himself trapped in a glass cage, surrounded by stuffed animals and one giant claw. It was a prison of his own making. And he's not alone.
Enough children have entered the gaping maws of toy machines in the last several years that I'm prepared to declare it an epidemic. And while the worst that's happened so far is a few inconvenienced firemen, who knows how long it'll be before a child—or a plush basketball—suffers irreparable harm?
April 11, 2008: A "lucky dip game of skill" swallows a terrified boy at the Broad Meadow Shopping Center in Australia. The unit has to be disassembled before he can get out.