The Secret Service, which has been under fire recently, was thrown into action on Sunday after someone climbed under a White House fence.
The culprit turned out to be an unidentified 4-year-old child.
A pool report initially described the Service’s reaction to the invasion:
Pool loaded the vans at 12:38 pm and motorcade is rolling at 12:51 pm to an undisclosed location. As the pool was initially gathering at the north doors of the Palm Room, security agents suddenly rushed to the north lawn with their weapons drawn and pool was told to get back inside. It turned out to be a non-incident, in which an individual jumped over the small bike fence outside the White House gate. After a few moments, pool was able to gather again. Your pooler has reached out to Secret Service for more details.
An update followed, stating, “Update on brief security scramble at the White House prior to departure: It was just a child.”
Later, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary informed the White House pool reporter, “4 year old child climbed under temporary bike rack along PA Ave. Child was fine and was safely reunited with parents.”
The Secret Service has been troubled recently. On Friday, an off-duty member was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted burglary, a felony, and one misdemeanor count for destruction of property. In March, two agents who were inebriated drove through security tape and into the middle of an active bomb investigation. Last October, Omar Gonzalez, an Iraq War veteran, jumped over the White House fence, ran through the front door of the executive mansion, and traversed the bottom floor of the White House before he was caught.