A Maryland couple has been cleared of child neglect charges in one of two cases brought against them after they let their two children walk home from a local park unsupervised.
WTTG reported Tuesday that Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, of Silver Spring, had been informed last week that Montgomery County Child Protective Services had ruled that the pair did not neglect their two children, aged 10 and 6, when they allowed them to walk about a mile by themselves this past December.
“It’s not completely over, but it does lift a huge weight off our shoulders,” Danielle Meitiv told WTTG.
The new finding followed an appeal of the agency’s earlier decision holding the Meitivs responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect, a finding typically made when there is conflicting or insufficient information for a more definitive conclusion.
The suburban Washington, D.C., parents have been investigated three times since October by CPS, a division of Maryland’s Department of Human Resources.