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There's a toddler on the loose! White House on brief lockdown as child breaches fence

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 August, 2014, 5:39pm
UPDATED : Friday, 08 August, 2014, 5:44pm

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It’s usually someone jumping over the White House fence that causes Secret Service agents patrolling the grounds to scramble. But this time, the officers couldn't believe what they saw.

A toddler squeezed through the fence and entered the grounds, causing the White House to be placed on a brief lockdown on Thursday, according to various reports.

The toddler passing through the slats in the gate caught the eyes of the gun-toting officers who are charged with protecting the president.

There was a “brief kerfuffle” as agents tried to intercept the child, but it slipped away and returned to his parents, according to the Washington Post.

The young boy, who name and age was unknown, was visiting the US capital with his family when the incident happened.

Secret Service Spokesman Edwin Donovan made light of the security breach, however, which occurred at about 8.10 pm local time. Donovan said they would have to wait before questioning the pint-sized perpetrator.

“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,” he said.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the United States, police say a toddler found a loaded handgun in her diaper bag at a day care centre in northern Vermont.

Vermont State Police say the grandmother of the 17-month-old girl was dropping the toddler off at a daycare on Thursday when she forgot the gun was in the bag.

The day care owner told authorities the child found the gun in the bag, took it out and started walking around with it. The daycare notified the parents and the Vermont Department for Children and Families.

A department worker told police the grandmother placed the handgun in the bag as she was leaving the house in a hurry. A safety lock strap prevented the gun from being fired.

The incident was reported to police by an anonymous caller.

AP and AFP in Washington