‘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.

Continue reading →

Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.