Toddler slides through White House gate, alarming Secret Service

WASHINGTON Thu Aug 7, 2014 10:58pm EDT

The South Lawn and the White House is pictured in Washington August 7, 2014.        REUTERS/Larry Downing

The South Lawn and the White House is pictured in Washington August 7, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A toddler squeezed through the White House gates on Thursday evening, causing a brief security lockdown on Pennsylvania Avenue and amusing White House reporters awaiting late-breaking news on Iraq.

"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 way with parents," Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said in a statement provided to White House reporters.

Secret Service agents regularly close off the area due to suspicious packages near the White House, but pint-sized intruders are far less common.

(Reporting by Rebecca Elliott and Annika McGinnis; Editing by Ken Wills)

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