Toddler crawls through White House fence - becomes first ‘intruder’ since security was tightened
Security has tightened at the White House with the fence being doubled in height following a number of breaches
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The incident occurred on Tuesday (April 18), when the toddler was spotted breaking into the grounds. Officers briefly restricted access to the area while the problem was resolved, and he was handed back to his parents on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said officers "encountered a curious young visitor along the White House north fence line who briefly entered White House grounds. The White House security systems instantly triggered Secret Service officers and the toddler and parents were quickly reunited.”
The toddler has become the first ‘intruder’ at the complex since the White House fence was doubled in height after a number of security breaches. One of these came in 2014, when a man carrying a knife scaled the fence, sprinted across the North Lawn and entered the White House.
The incident almost 10 years ago caused officers to draw their guns, as they ordered the man to lie down, but he resisted. He was held on the ground, and later was led off the ground with his hands cuffed.