Toddler Breaches White House Fence, Gets Timeout

He squeezed through gap, causing security alarm

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 8, 2014 1:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – The White House was briefly locked down yesterday evening as Secret Service members scrambled to intercept what turned out to be a minor threat: a toddler who had given his parents the slip and squeezed through the White House fence. Agents swiftly returned the boy to his parents, the Washington Post reports. "We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him, but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on [his] way with his parents," a Secret Service spokesman says.

A member of the US Secret Service Emergency Response Team (ERT) stands watch on the North Lawn at the White House yesterday.
A member of the US Secret Service Emergency Response Team (ERT) stands watch on the North Lawn at the White House yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The White House is seen through a fence.
The White House is seen through a fence.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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