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'Free range' parents investigated again

Parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv and their children, (Source: Facebook) Parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv and their children, (Source: Facebook)

Child Protection Services is again investigating a Maryland couple who sparked a debate earlier this year for their ‘free range' parenting style.

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were accused of neglect for allowing their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter to take a mile walk home from the park alone in December 2014.

The kids were taken into police custody again on Sunday after a neighbor called 911 and reported they were outside unattended.

Officers picked up the kids and kept them in the back of a cruiser for two hours without informing the worried parents, according to Danielle. She claims she and her husband went frantically searching for the children when they missed their 6 p.m. curfew.

“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.,” Danielle wrote on Facebook.

Before taking their children home, the parents had to sign a document agreeing not to leave them unattended, WTTG reports.

The family's free-range parenting philosophy is part of a movement that counters the idea of ‘helicopter' parents.

“Giving them an opportunity to learn to make their way in the world independently is the best way to prepare them for adulthood — and that it is safe for them to do so,” Danielle writes on her blog.

CPS found the Meitivs guilty of unsubstantiated neglect in the first incident, which prompted a national debate about the government's role in parenting styles.

The couple says they will appeal the neglect accusations.

Sunday's incident remains under investigation.

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