Toddler breaches White House security, gets time out

Toddler breaches White House security, gets time out

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The White House seen from the South Lawn August 5, 2014 in Washington, DC.


by David Jackson and Jolie Lee, USA TODAY

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM

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."

But this wasn't the first notable White House security breach in recent years.

Naked takedown

In May 2014, Secret Service police arrested a man who had stripped himself of all clothing. The man fought with police when he was denied access to the White House. He was charged with assault and indecent exposure.

Party crashers

In November 2009, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, of Real Housewives of D.C. fame, crashed a state dinner for India's prime minister. The Salahis insisted they were invited, but they were not on the guest list. The then-married couple had slipped past two Secret Service checkpoints.

Follow the leader

Matthew Evan Goldstein joined in line behind a Secret Service motorcade in May 2014 at an outermost security checkpoint. A federal employee, Goldstein was authorized to enter the Treasury Department, which is next to the White House, but not the White House itself. He was charged with a misdemeanor of unlawful entry.

'Don't tread on me'

Joseph Clifford Reel put a block on the accelerator of a Jeep so it would drive into a White House security gate in June 2013.

The vehicle was filled with bullets, knives and two machetes, reports The Washington Post.

Reel had wanted to create a distraction so he could paint a "Don't tread on me snake" on the White House, the Post reports.

The car, headed for a security post, ended up hitting a light post and bike rack, and Reel was arrested minutes after the crash, DCist reports.

Plane crash

In 1994, Frank Eugene Corder crashed a small airplane on the White House South Lawn. Corder was killed in the crash. Radar at National Airport only picked up on the plane minutes before it crashed, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Firing at White House

Francisco Martin Duran received 40 years in prison for firing 30 rounds from an semi-automatic rifle at the White House in 1994. A bullet hit a window but no one was injured.

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