Saturday, May 28, 2005

More Nutbag Parents: Mom Loses Kid in Toy Machine

I'd like to thank the great blogger at Blog from a Broad: Might Contain Traces of Nuts, for posting about this story:

Houdini babe takes toy initiative

A three-year-old boy became trapped in a toy vending machine, after crawling inside to get a stuffed animal when his mother wasn't looking.
James Manges created a diversion and slid down a chute into the crane vending machine in Elkhart, Indiana, where he played happily with the toys.

His mother was initially amused, and took photographs of her son, but became alarmed when no one could find a key.

Firemen freed the boy, but, his mother said, "he definitely didn't get a toy".

Danielle Manges took James to the local Wal-Mart store at 0330, when he was unable to sleep.

He wanted money to get a stuffed toy out of a crane vending machine, and when his mother said no, he threw his drink on the floor and took advantage of her momentary distraction to make his move.

"Within two seconds he had climbed through the hole, into the chute and pushed the door shut so we couldn't get him out," she said.

James played happily among the toys and swung from the bars inside the machine.
But when Wal-Mart staff found they had no key to open the machine, the fire brigade had to be called to force the vending machine open.

"I pulled him from the back, he came right to me, and then I handed him to mom," said Firefighter Jeff Herman.

"He was in a bit of trouble afterwards," said Danielle Manges.

She added that James had become adept at climbing out of his playpen, doors and even windows.

Now she is wondering whether she might have two little Houdinis to deal with.

"I'm pregnant," she said.

"If I have another one like him that's gonna top it off."

I'm without words on this one, folks. I really, really am. And that's saying something.



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