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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Comments (5)
Robert76 wrote:
Hopefully, the baby did not have a “diaper bomb.”

Aug 07, 2014 12:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BlueOkie wrote:
So do you feel safer now! Where’s TSA?

Aug 08, 2014 10:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JD2005L wrote:
As a Canadian, I don’t understand the problem. We can freely walk right up and knock on our Canadian Parliament doors in Ottawa if we wanted to. In fact the front lawn is frequently used by people as a picnic or recreation spot during the summer, and many fun events are held there regularly.

Aug 08, 2014 12:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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