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Police Pick Up Kids A Second Time For Walking Outside Without Parents (Video)

Two children in Silver Spring, Maryland, were taken into custody for the second time by police and Child Protective Services on April 12.

In a repeat of the first incident, the children, ages 6 and 10, were walking by themselves in their neighborhood.

An unidentified neighbor called 911 on Danielle and Sasha Meitiv's so-called "free range kids," who were approximately a third of a mile away from home, at around 5 p.m, noted My Fox DC.

Danielle told reporters her children had been missing since 6 p.m. (video below).

The Meitivs claim they didn't hear from CPS in Rockville, Maryland, until around 8 p.m.

The couple say they ended up waiting at CPS until about 10:30 p.m. to pick up their children. The parents had to sign a temporary safety plan that requires the children to be attended to by an adult at all times in public.

"I thought I was going to be taken away from my parents," Rafi Meitiv, 10, told NBC Washington. "They kept saying, 'You can see them in a little bit, you can see them in a little bit,' finally, 10:30, 10:45, finally, I could see them."

Danielle posted a statement on Facebook on April 12:

"The police coerced our children into the back of a patrol car, telling them they would drive them home. They kept the kids trapped there for three hours, without notifying us, before dropping them at the Crisis Center, and holding them there without dinner for another two and a half hours. We finally got home at 11 p.m. and the kids slept in our room because we were all exhausted and terrified."

The Meitivs were investigated in December 2014 for allowing their children to walk in a park without parental supervision, and found guilty of "unsubstantiated child neglect" by CPS in March. The Meitivs are planning to appeal that ruling.

Police plan to investigate this latest incident further before possibly filing charges, but the Meitivs claim they are simply teaching their kids the concepts of self-reliance and responsibility.

Sources: NBC Washington, Facebook, My Fox DC
Image Credit: Screen Capture Via My Fox DC


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