Toddler breaches White House security

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IOL pic aug8 White House Toddler Incident Associated Press A member of the US Secret Service Emergency Response Team (ERT) stands watch on the North Lawn at the White House in Washington on August 7, 2014. It's usually someone jumping over the White House fence that causes Secret Service agents patrolling the grounds to scramble, but on Thursday, a toddler was to blame. Picture: Charles Dharapak

Washington - 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 his 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. - Reuters


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