Toddlers Ransack Neighbor's House

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Two toddlers went on a rampage in a neighbor's kitchen in Anderson, South Carolina. This is the mess they left behind. Photo by

Brothers John and Matthew Farrer are only two and three years old, but they've already been accused of breaking and entering.

The Anderson, South Carolina toddlers wandered away from their home on Friday morning, but they didn't go far. While their parents and emergency workers searched frantically for the young boys, the tots were busy having a ball next door -- ransacking neighbor Angie Lovorn's house. "They played for a while, I think," Lovorn tells a local television station.

The pajama-wearing boys raided the kitchen, snacking on goodies like Teddy Grahams and marshmallows, and even climbed a bunk bed to find some stuffed animals to play with. Lovorn, who works third shift, was sleeping at the other end of the house. "I would have right away looked through my house if I'd known they were missing," Lovorn says. She woke up just as searchers finally saw the boys leaving through a back door, one wearing her son's Clemson University football helmet.

The boys were returned to their parents, who, while relieved, are probably wondering, "If this is what they're like when they're two, what are they going to do when they're 20?"

My husband stood in our daughters' bedroom today and said, "They couldn't have made a bigger mess if they tried." Then I took him downstairs and showed him pictures of what the Farrer boys did, and he felt a little better.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.