Parents Charged with Neglect After Letting Their Kids Walk Home Alone

Dan Abrams and Nancy Grace face off about Danielle and Alexandra Meitiv and their "free-range parenting" style.
4:38 | 03/04/15

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with a parenting story touched off a pretty fierce debate. You may remember that Maryland couple investigated for letting their young children walk home from the park by themselves. Officials now say they neglected their children. Dan and Nancy are here to argue it out after this from ABC's bazi kanani. Reporter: This morning, the parents who made headlines for letting their 10 and 6-year-old walk a mile home from a park without adult supervision are found responsible by child protective services for unsubstantiated child neglect. It's shocking, hurtful. It's traumatic. Never would have occurred to me I could get caught up in something like this. Reporter: Damn and Alexander meitiv says their free-rank parenting giving children more space and more responsibility was old fashioned but they never thought it would come under investigation. Which just the way most of the adults watching are raised. You know, a parent says, go play outside. Not any radical idea. Reporter: Child protective services says Maryland's state law states that children under the age of 8 must be under the care of a person who is at least 13. The case now closed but the meitivs are fighting back hiring lawyers to file an appeal. We were on file for five years, that black mark is on our record here. Reporter: The Maryland department of human resources tells ABC news it cannot comment on specific cases because of confidentiality requirements. We spoke with the meitiv's childrens Rafi and Devora when the investigation was under way. Do you think it's okay for you and your sister to walk places by yourself. Yes. Completely okay. Reporter: The meitivs say while they're worried about being investigated in the future, they will still let their children walk by themselves. I can't let it change my parenting because I know I'm doing is right. Reporter: For "Good morning America," bazi kanani, ABC news, Washington. Thanks to bazi and Dan Abrams is back joined by Nancy grace of HLN's "Nancy grace." This finding, unsubstantiated child neglect. I don't know what it means. It means they found evidence of it but don't necessarily think they can prove it. But the reality is this is not nuts in my view. The idea that two children walking in a neighborhood 10 and 6 that their parents are now being found responsible for child neglect. The question isn't should a 10-year-old and a 6-year-old be walking alone, that's not the question. The question is should the authorities be stepping in and getting involved and bringing in the government to make these sorts of decisions for parents? I know how much a lot of parents want to be the parent police here. But that's not the question. It is crazy that the authorities are involved. What do you think, Nancy? Well, actually those are not exactly the facts. This was not just in your hometown neighborhood. This was a mile away and I have actually traced the route and they go through some major, major thoroughfares with red light, lots of traffic. Lots of store, lots of people. I would just direct everyone to a video I refresh myself with this morning of Carlie brucia, 10 years old, had eight blocks to walk home in her neighborhood from her little sleepover home and she was abducted and killed. Now, does that happen every time? No. But does it happen, yes. I don't think these parents are bad parents. I think they're very loving. But this is not the same world we grew up in, Dan. That we could ride our bikes all day and that was fine. I'll tell you -- It's not like that anymore. In fact, this area has the highest crime rate in all of that county -- You can't draw legal lines by doing retracing their steps and saying, how many crosswalks are there? You just said it was a neighborhood. It's not just a neighborhood like next door to -- they're walking through a business district for Pete's sake. When I was 10 years old in Manhattan I rode the bus to school by myself. Now, maybe that wasn't the right decision. And look what happened? Exactly. It's true. Listen to me. Listen, this is not anything to get crazy about but what I'm saying is, dfax got a phone call and investigated it. When you don't know a horse, Dan Abrams, look at his tract record. Cps never continues its investigations, the parents will never hear from them again. That's going to have to be the last word. I can't believe you served it up for her. I try to help. Back to robin. It's amazing. It was. Also burning up the "Heat

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