Toddler squeezes through White House fence

Toddler squeezes through White House fence

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by David Jackson, USA TODAY

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM

(USA TODAY) -- Security officers briefly locked down the White House on Thursday night amid an alarm that someone tried to jump the fence along Pennsylvania Avenue -- only to discover that a toddler had squeezed through the iron bars.

The "fence baby" made his move around 8:10 p.m., as reporters waited to see if President Obama would make a statement about Iraq. Journalists spotted officers racing across the North Lawn.

Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said of the child: "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 his parents."

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