Parents Who Were Charged With 'Neglect' for Letting Their Kids Walk Home Alone … Do It Again

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Remember Danielle Meitiv, the free-range mom in Silver Springs, Maryland who was found guilty of "unsubstantiated neglect" for letting her kids walk home from the park? Well, her 10- and 6-year-old have been picked up by the cops again for being out and about without an adult, and turned over to Child Protective Services for hours before they were released.

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The deets: On Sunday at 5 p.m., cops were dispatched to pick up the kids at a park after a stranger reported them to be unattended. The police turned them over to Child Protective Services, who held them until 10:30 p.m. that night.

Meanwhile, the Meitivs had expected their kids home at 6 p.m. -- and frantically searched for them for hours before finding out where they were. Hear more from the kids and parents in the video below:

Seriously: Couldn't the CPS have notified the parents sooner on where their kids were to avoid worrying them sick? Yes, even free-range parents will freak out when their children don't come home when they say they will; it almost makes me wonder if the CPS were trying to teach them a lesson.

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What's more, once the Meitivs learned where their kids were, they spent a half hour at the CPS office without being allowed to see them. All in all it sounds like the CPS unnecessarily scared the kids and the parents. Oh, and throughout all of this, no one offered those poor kids dinner. So it's no surprise that by the time they were home, Danielle says they were exhausted, hungry, and terrified.

Although the Meitiv kids are back home now, here's my big fear: It's that this awful experience will teach them to fear the cops far more than strangers/potential "kidnappers." I mean, if I were those kids and saw a cop, I'd run like the dickens. Wouldn't you?

I feel so bad for this family -- in previous interviews, Danielle has said that even after all her trouble with CPS, she did not plan to curb her free-range beliefs and keep a closer reign on her kids. I respect her for sticking to her guns.

I also love how Danielle is talking far and wide about free-range  kids deserve a bill of rights stating that they have the right to some unsupervised time, and parents have the right to grant it without getting arrested.

I really hope the Meitiv kids don't get terrorized by the cops or CPS again. Because after all, these agencies are supposed to look out for the welfare of kids -- not scare them silly.

How much freedom to you give your kids to walk around on their own?

 

Image via The Washington Post

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