The agents are always on watch for suspicious packages near the White House gates. But at about 8:10 p.m., local time, when reporters waited for the president to make a statement on the crisis in Iraq, a toddler briefly got away from his parents and managed to squeeze through the fence outside the White House.
A brief lock down was instituted by the Secret Service, and the scene was quickly cleared. Per usual protocol, the incident triggered security alerts and sent Secret Service Agents running across the property. Pennsylvania Avenue was closed, and the gates were shut. The toddler was finally spotted by armed Secret Service officers who protect the president. The youngster wasn’t injured . Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the child was returned to his parents. Neither the boy nor his parents were identified. The age of the little boy have not been released. “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,” Donovan said.