‘Free range’ parents cleared of child neglect in 1 case

‘Free range’ parents cleared of child neglect in 1 case

A Maryland couple investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases, their attorney said in a statement Tuesday.

Child Protective Services (CPS) began an investigation into Danielle and Alexander Meitiv back in December after a police officer stopped the couple’s children, ages 6 and 10, about halfway through a mile walk home in Silver Spring.

The family has said they’re responsible parents who are teaching their children self-reliance and responsibility. The parenting style has been labeled “free-range.”

Their attorney, Matthew Dowd, says CPS has “ruled out” any charges of child neglect in that case.

But the Meitivs remain under investigation for neglect related to their a second incident, as the children walked home from another park April 12. The children were held by police and Child Protective Services for more than five hours that day.

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