19/08/2014 12:36 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

White House Locked Down After Mischievous Toddler Breaches Security


The White House was temporarily locked down last night (Thursday, August 7) as the Secret Service scrambled to apprehend an intruder - who had toddled into the grounds.

The adventurous toddler, who has not be identified, gave his parents the slip at around 8pm local time on August 7, while people gathered in front of the White House to hear President Obama make a statement on the situation in Iraq.

The boy squeezed between the bars of the fence that encircles the White House, triggering security alerts and sending Secret Service members scattering across the North Lawn to 'apprehend' him.

The boy was swiftly scooped up by guards and - rather than being taken for questioning - he was returned to his parents, as a Secret Service spokesperson joked that they'll have to wait a while before taking the intruder in for interrogation.

"We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him," Edwin Donovan told reporters. "But in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on way with parents."

One member of White House staff was caught on camera stifling a smile while trying to look less than impressed with the toddler's antics!

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