The Maryland parents investigated for letting their young children walk home by themselves from a park were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect in a decision that has not fully resolved their clash with authorities over questions of parenting and children’s safety.A 2-month investigation about a kid walking home from school?
Danielle and Alexander Meitiv hoped the nationally debated case — which has lit up social media and brought a dozen television film crews to their Silver Spring home — would be dismissed after a two-month investigation by Montgomery County Child Protective Services.
But the finding of unsubstantiated child neglect means CPS will keep a file on the family for at least five years and leaves open the question of what would happen if the Meitiv children get reported again for walking without adult supervision.
The parents say they will continue to allow their son, Rafi, 10, and daughter Dvora, 6, to play or walk together, and won’t be swayed by the CPS finding.
Don't ever believe these creeps when they say that they are overworked. They obviously have way too much time on their hands.
The Meitivs received the CPS letter last week, they said, but consulted with a lawyer before speaking publicly.I don't know what her lawyer told her to expect, but a letter like that is the best you ever get in California. CPS never says that you are innocent, no matter how compelling the evidence. The best they ever say about you is that the current charges are unsubstantiated.
Danielle Meitiv said when she first read the decision, she felt numb. As she reread it, she recalled turning to her husband and saying: “Oh my God, they really believe we did something wrong.”
“I was kind of horrified,” she said, adding: “You try as a parent to do what’s right. Parents try so hard. Even though I know they are wrong, it’s a painful judgment.”
You might think that if CPS investigates parents and find no fault, then those parents would becomes less suspect than the average parents. But their attitude is the opposite. Once CPS investigates, the parents are in the system, and under CPS surveillance. If the kid ever falls and breaks a bone, CPS worries that it might be blamed for inadequate intervention.
They say that when CPS started its investigation, on the day of their children’s walk from the park, Alexander Meitiv was asked to sign a form saying he would not leave the children unsupervised until CPS followed up. When he resisted, saying he wanted to talk to a lawyer, he was told that if he did not sign, the children would be removed, the Meitivs said.The Meitivs are like a bone in the mouth of hungry pit bull. It does not let go.
In the warped twisted minds of CPS agents, the parents have signed up for govt supervision, and it would be irresponsible for CPS to drop the matter. No one can predict what might happen, they would say, so they have to monitor the situation.
I no longer have any hope that CPS can be reformed. It is fundamentally anti-parent in everything they do, and there is no political will to stop their abuses of power. No one dares stand up to CPS. Several years ago three Georgia legislators were trying to limits on CPS< and then all three were killed under mysterious circumstances.