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(NEWSER) – A climate-science expert and a physicist for the NIH say they're trying to teach their kids how to be independent and self-reliant. So they're baffled why they're being investigated for neglect by Maryland's Child Protective Services for allowing their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter to play at a Silver Spring park, then walk a mile home—alone.

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv tell the Washington Post that they follow a "free-range parenting" philosophy—letting their kids gradually make decisions and gain certain freedoms—and that smaller outings to a nearby library and 7-Eleven prove they're responsible enough to handle some more alone time. "We wouldn't have let them do it if we didn't think they were ready for it," Danielle tells the Post. The trouble started when Danielle got a visit from CPS reps in the fall for letting Rafi and Dvora play in the park alone, she wrote to

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