Md. ‘free range’ kids found alone again, taken into custody

WASHINGTON — The “free-range parents” who were accused of child neglect for allowing their two kids to roam free through Silver Spring ran afoul of Child Protective Services again on Sunday.

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv’s two children were taken into the custody of Child Protective Services after someone called about two unattended children near Fenton and Easley Streets in Silver Spring, says Paul Starks, of the Montgomery County Police. Officers got to the scene, called CPS and say they were told to take the children, ages 6 and 10, to CPS offices.

Our partners at NBC4 say Child Protective Services spokeswoman Mary Anderson confirms that CPS is following up on this.

Starks says the police and CPS are investigating, and the State’s Attorney’s office might get involved. But there won’t be a decision on charges until after the investigation is complete.

Fox5 says 10-year-old Rafi and 6-year-old Dvora are back with their parents, but that the police brought them to CPS at about 5 p.m., and Danielle and Alexander Meitiv weren’t told where they were until about 8 and didn’t get the children back until about 10:30.

The parents had to sign a temporary safety plan to take them home, saying they can’t leave the children unattended, Fox5 says.

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect last month.

Watch NBC4’s report:


Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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