White House perimeter breached; suspect gets a timeout

A toddler breached the White House perimeter. The child was quickly located and returned to his parents.
(Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)

The White House perimeter was breached Thursday night, but the perpetrator won’t be saying much. He hasn’t learned to talk yet.

A toddler squeezed through the fence in front of the White House about 8:10 p.m. as the media awaited President Obama’s speech to the nation about the situation in Iraq.

The breach caused a brief commotion, according to a White House pool reporter, but the child was quickly returned to his parents.

The Secret Service made light of what would otherwise be a serious incident - if the perpetrator was old enough to understand what he did, that is.


“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,” Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said in a statement.

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