Free-range parenting: Maryland parents under fire for letting kids walk home alone

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- A Montgomery County couple says they're being investigated for neglect for allowing their two children to walk home from a park by themselves.
   
Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say the county's Child Protective Services began investigating them after police stopped their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter about half-way through a mile-walk home on Dec. 20 in Silver Spring. Police say they stopped the children and drove them home after someone reported seeing them.
   
The Meitivs say they're responsible parents who are teaching their children self-reliance and responsibility. They say the investigation infringes on their parental rights and invades their privacy.
   
Child Protective Services declined to confirm whether they're investigating the Meitivs, but pointed to Maryland law, which defines child neglect as failure to properly care for and supervise a child.

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