Watch out for the little guys: There’s a tiny scofflaw threat in Washington.

August 8, 2014

It turns out that babies -- and their stuff -- are becoming a headache in Washington. And not just to their parents.

For the second time in as many days, there's been a tot-related security scare in the nation's capital.

The visitor's center of the U.S. Capitol was closed briefly Friday morning after authorities found an unattended stroller outside. A U.S. Capitol Police spokesman said the stroller was deemed "non-hazardous."

Just a few hours earlier, Secret Service agents had their own small-scale security breach to contend with: a toddler who squeezed through the fence in front of the White House residence Thursday night, as media were packed in the press offices awaiting President Obama's remarks on Iraq.

A member of the U.S. Secret Service Emergency Response Team (ERT) stands watch on the North Lawn at the WhiteHouse in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. A brief security alert ensued when a child slipped through the gates of the WhiteHouse before being reunited with the family, according to a Secret Service official. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The brief kerfuffle as agents scrambled to intercept the pint-sized intruder confirmed what most people know: toddlers are sneaky, and fast. This one was promptly returned to his parents.

The little guy didn't get in any trouble -- at least, not with the feds.

And he was unavailable for comment -- to anyone -- for at least a few more months.

"We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him," Secret Service Agent Edwin Donovan said in a statement, "but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on (sic) way with parents."

No word on how authorities plan to address the tiny scofflaw threat.

Katie Zezima covers the White House for Post Politics and The Fix.
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