Toddler squeezes through White House fence

KATIE ZEZIMA
Last updated 09:40 09/08/2014
white house
Reuters
SMALL SCALE ALERT: A toddler caused a Secret Service kerfuffle by slipping through the most protected fence in the world.

Relevant offers

Americas

US city of Denver debates smoking pot in public Mexico youth shoots teacher, classmates, then kills himself How a hoax website about paid protesters came crumbling down live on TV Barack Obama's parting message: 'We're going to be OK' Donald Trump's economy: Hope for the best, plan for the worst Chelsea Manning's tough prison term serves justice - US President Barack Obama One by one, 3 utility workers in the US descended into a manhole. One by one, they died Julian Assange 'happy' to go to the US How Donald Trump came up with 'Make America Great Again' I'm a lobbyist in Washington. Don't hate me

Throngs of Secret Service agents are always on watch for suspicious packages near the White House gates, and anyone who might be looking to infiltrate the grounds. But on Thursday night, they had a slightly smaller-scale security breach to contend with: a toddler who squeezed through the fence in the front of the residence.

The brief kerfuffle as agents scrambled to intercept the pint-sized intruder confirms what most people know: toddlers are sneaky, and fast. This one was promptly returned to his parents.

The little guy didn't get in any trouble - at least, not with the feds.

And he was unavailable for comment - to anyone - for at least a few more months.

"We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him," Secret Service Agent Edwin Donovan said in a statement, "but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on way with parents".

It turns out that babies - and their stuff - are becoming a security issue in Washington.

The visitor's centre of the US Capitol was closed briefly oon Friday morning after authorities found an unattended stroller outside.  A US Capitol Police spokesman said the stroller was "deemed non-hazardous".

- The Washington Post

Ad Feedback

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content