Silver Spring Couple Under Investigation Again in Case of Free Range Parenting
The couple made national news earlier this year for their “free range” parenting style.
According to local reports, police picked up the couple’s unsupervised two children, ages 10 and 6, from a Silver Spring park on Sunday afternoon and turned them over to the custody of Child Protective Services.
At a Montgomery Council Committee meeting today, Health and Human Services Director Uma Ahluwalia was asked about the case by both Council President George Leventhal and Councilmember Roger Berliner.
Ahluwalia said she could not talk about the specifics of the case because of confidentiality issues.
She did say an unidentified caller reported two unsupervised children to 9-1-1 dispatchers on Sunday afternoon. The police responded, she said, and officers notified Child Protective Services. According to Ahluwalia, police followed protocol perfectly. Now, she said staffers are putting together a timeline of what transpired Sunday in response to questions of what took so long to notify the parents of their children’s status.
On WUSA-TV last night, the Meitivs said it was hours before their family was reunited. You can watch that report here.
On Facebook today, Danielle Meitiv posted that they have retained an attorney who will issue a statement about their position and next steps.
The county’s Child Protective Services has dropped neglect charges in the second case against a Silver Spring couple at the center of the “free range parenting case.” According to a news release from the couple’s lawyer office, CPS has dropped all cases against the couple. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv received a letter from CPS on June […]
UPDATED: The county’s Child Protective Services has dropped neglect charges in one case against a Silver Spring couple at the center of the “free range parenting case, but the couple now is planning a civil suit against the agency and the Montgomery County Police in the case. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have been notified that charges […]
Silver Spring Group To Host "Take Your Kids to the Park... And Let Them Walk Home by Themselves" Day
A Silver Spring free-range parenting advocacy group is organizing a Day in the Park event where parents can take their children to the park and let them walk home by themselves. The initiative is part of a national celebration in honor of the Meitiv family- Silver Spring parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv who made headlines across the […]
Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal reports that County Councilmembers have received many emails about the ‘free-range parenting’ case and the issues surrounding it. For more information, see our earlier coverage below.
Free range parenting is a hot topic in Montgomery County and around the country. Local leaders say they are hearing from residents on both sides of this issue and two elected leaders are trying to learn more. Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal and Councilmember Marc Elrich want to understand the policies and procedures that […]
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Montgomery County residents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they will fight what they describe as the “unlawful seizure” of their two children on Sunday afternoon in Silver Spring. The parents who have made national headlines for their free range parenting style have released the following statement from their attorney, on Danielle’s Facebook page today: “On […]
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Montgomery County Police have released the non-emergency call that came in at 4:58 p.m. on Sunday about the welfare of two children in the area of Fenton and Easley streets in Silver Spring. Police are not releasing the identity of the caller. MyMCMedia has exclusively obtained the recording of that call and you can listen […]