This White House Intruder Is a Tot

Boy, who snuck through 5.5-inch-wide gap in fence, was returned to his parents
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 18, 2023 1:07 PM CDT
Toddler Sneaks Through Gap in White House Fence
US Secret Service uniformed division police officers carry a young child who crawled through the White House fence on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Tuesday, April 18, 2023.   (AP Photo/Nancy Benac)

A toddler on Tuesday earned the title of one of the tiniest White House intruders after he squeezed through the metal fencing on the north side of the executive mansion, the AP reports. US Secret Service Uniformed Division officers walked across the North Lawn to retrieve the tot and reunite him with his parents on Pennsylvania Avenue. Access to the complex was restricted while officers conducted the reunification. Officers briefly questioned the parents before allowing them to continue on their way.

It may be the first successful intrusion onto the complex since the White House fence was doubled in height to roughly 13 feet in recent years after a series of security breaches. While taller, the new fence has an additional inch of space between pickets, for a total of 5.5 inches between posts. Older children have sometimes become stuck in the iconic barrier, which has also been the scene of demonstrations, with protesters chaining themselves to the fence. The Secret Service did not immediately have comment on the incident.

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