‘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.


  • Hard Little Machine

    Up next, mandatory involuntary sterilization for white suburban parents charged with this crime. You know it, I know it. Brave New Muh’fuckin World.

  • LauraS

    Perhaps if they published the names of the busybodies who report this type of thing to police and social workers, it wouldn’t happen as often.

  • winniec

    When I was young, ALL children were ‘free range’ and so were the pets. They came home when they got hungry. We had a curfew and got trouble if we missed it. My mother worked at home on the telephone and we would never have played in a park if we had waited for her. I don’t remember my mother or father accompanying us to a playground.

  • I just saw someone doing something.

    More government please.

  • Richard K

    I hope there’s a statute of limitations on this sort of thing so my mom can’t be arrested. I used to go all over the city on my own when I was 9. And nothing bad ever happened.

  • J. C.

    Pavlovian conditioning… If people experience freedom when they’re kids, they’ll expect it when they’re adults (And the social architects can’t allow that…)

  • Clinton

    When the Meitiv’s children were picked up by the police and taken to CPS,
    they were held for over four hours without anyone contacting the parents.
    Either CPS was acting with malice, or they are too incompetent to realize
    that the parents should have been notified of their kid’s whereabouts.
    Either way, they’ve demonstrated they have no business being in charge
    of other people’s children.

  • Editor

    What the hell is “unsubstantiated neglect”?!! Orwell would be proud. “We have no proof of neglect except what some busybody meddling neighbour said and the judgment call of a SJW social worker but we’re gonna screw you over anyway.” Twice!

  • pdxnag

    This fits in the general category of small government versus big government. Government is never the originator of all that is sweet and nice.

    Ask any tyrant if they are a tyrant and they will say Hell No! (Its for your own good, you know.)

    We must always remember that you should not pass any law that you are not prepared to kill to enforce. All law enforcement has the potential to become deadly, even if it is to impose a fine of 10 dollars, which could be collected by force. Do you dare say no to a thug with a gun a uniform and a badge?

  • When I was a wee lass, one walked to and fro with one’s siblings. One even went to the store on an errand by one’s self.

    If the neighbourhood is too dangerous to let one’s child out, what are the authorities doing about that?