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You have to see it to believe it: Child rescued from inside arcade game

By: Angela Beavin, Andy Cunningham Email
By: Angela Beavin, Andy Cunningham Email

We first showed you the dramatic video Tuesday night at 11:00. A two-year-old wound up stuck in an arcade game.

It took firefighters cutting into the machine to get the toddler out safely. Today, folks at the laundromat where the little girl became trapped are still talking about the bizarre rescue.

"I was in the office and a customer was walking to go out the front door, and she just happened to glance over at the machine and see a little girl in it," says Della Gallagher, who works at the laundromat.

Kaytlyn Campbell, who's almost two years old, managed to work her way inside an arcade game--one of the claw machines used to grab stuffed animals and other prizes.

"She was going after the money on the animals and the stuffed animals and just playing as if she was in a toy box," Gallagher says.

But soon, The toddler was trapped inside. Firefighters used a saw to cut through the lock to free Kaytlyn from inside.

"It was very unusual, nobody, among the guys there, have ever seen anything like that," said Major Joe Madden, with Lexington Fire.

Madden says it was a first for him and the other fire fighters on scene, who were called to Commonwealth Coin Laundry to free the 2-year-old.

"Were you talking to her? Yes, we were trying to distract her, keep her calm," Major Madden said.

Once free, Kaytlyn was reunited with her grandmother, who talked to WKYT right after the incident, telling us the relief she felt to see her granddaughter safe and unharmed.

"I just feel like a big burden's been lifted off of me," says Judy Campbell.

"It was a happy ending, most definitely," said Madden. "She wasn't hurt and we are all very thankful for that."

On Wednesday the a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture said arcade games are exempt from state law.

The owner of the machine told NEWSFIRST although he followed proper safety procedures, he is going to look at ways to prevent a similar situation in the future.


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