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3-Year-Old's Hair Ripped Out at Chuck E. Cheese in Sterling Heights

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. -- A trip to a child-friendly restaurant turned scary when a 3-year-old girl had her hair ripped out while playing a game at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.

Michaelena Dodge claims her daughter, Abigail, has bald spots where her hair was ripped out when she tried to feed tickets into the Ticket Muncher game. 

“I thought it was going to take her scalp off," Dodge told WXYZ-TV.

Dodge says she looked for a switch to turn the machine off, but couldn't find one. The incident, which occurred Feb. 5 in Sterling Heights, reportedly left two bald spots on her daughter's head.

"I grabbed her and her ponytail and pulled as hard as I could, to get her out," Dodge said. "She came out. She was screaming and peed in her pants."

Dodge says the Chuck E. Cheese manager did not fill out a report, gave the girl a popsicle and voucher and reportedly told the mother "stuff happens when people don't watch their kids."

Dodge says she took her daughter to the hospital where she required medical attention. She also contacted the restaurant's corporate offices.

"They called back and the lady told me stuff like this happens when people don't watch their kids," Dodge told FOX 2 Detroit.

Now, Dodge is fighting to make sure this doesn't happen to another child.

"If there was a boy with a tie, it would have choked him," Dodge told Click On Detroit. "That thing eats hair so fast."

The parent company of Chuck E Cheese released a statement to FOX 2 Detroit in response to the incident:

"We're aware of an incident that occurred on Saturday, Feb. 4 in our Sterling Heights restaurant, in which a child sustained a minor scalp injury while feeding tickets into the Ticket Muncher machine. The store manager on duty acted quickly to make sure the child was ok and we’ve since been in contact with her mother and offered to assist with any medical bills. We want to assure parents and caregivers that maintaining a safe experience for our guests is a primary concern for us."

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