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

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 is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.



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