‘Free-range’ parents livid after police take children, 6 and 10, from park into custody

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Two suburban Washington, D.C., parents are under scrutiny again for letting their 6- and 10-year-old children play in a park and walk home alone in a case that has stirred debate about “free-range” parenting and government powers.

For the second time in four months, police picked up the children of Danielle and Alexander Meitiv on Sunday as they were walking home alone from a park that’s nearly a mile from their house. This time, instead of bringing the children home, police took them directly to Child Protective Services.

“It’s beyond ridiculous,” Danielle Meitiv said Monday. “The world is safer today, and yet we imprison our children inside and wonder why they’re obese and have no focus.”

The world is a very different place from when I was a kid. This borders on the paranoid.