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A Maryland family is being threatened by Child Protective Services for allowing their two children to play alone at a neighborhood park.
The incident initially began last November when the children, ages 6 and 10, were reported for playing by themselves only two blocks from home.
The children’s mother, Danielle Meitiv, was contacted by the Montgomery Country Child Welfare Service and told that she had violated the law by essentially endangering a child under the age of 8.
According to CPS, the younger child had been “confined in a dwelling, building, enclosure, or motor vehicle” without a guardian present.
Surprisingly, the CPS employee’s superiors found the charge to be inaccurate and unwarranted, resulting in the case being dropped.
Thinking the pair were free to continue playing outside, the children’s father was shocked when answering a knock on their door last Saturday.
Speaking with Reason.com, Meitiv explained her husband’s encounter in detail.
“It seemed that we had called their bluff and they were going to leave us alone. Not for long,” she said. “This past Saturday, while I was out of town, my husband dropped my kids off at a park about 1 mile from our house and said they could walk home together. They got 1/2 way when someone called the police.”
A female police officer arrived at the family’s home shortly after and immediately requested the father’s ID, threatening to call backup if he failed to retrieve it.
As the father headed upstairs to grab his identification, the officer reportedly threatened to shoot him if he brought back “anything else.”
“He said he would get his ID and went to go upstairs,” Meitiv explained. “She said – in front of the kids – that if he came down with anything else, ‘shots would be fired.’”
Meitiv says she learned of the incident after receiving a call from her 10-year-old, who was in tears over the officer’s comments.
Written by MIKAEL THALEN
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