A hot debate is unfolding in a Washington D.C. suburb over how much freedom is safe for young children.
It all started when a 6 and a 10 year old were taking a walk on a busy street and got picked up by police. Their parents had signed off on their trek, and now they are in trouble with Child Protective Services, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.
Dvora Meitiv and her brother, Rafi, aren't always with their parents. The two are allowed to walk around the block, visit the library and play in local parks -- all on their own.
"We can walk anywhere in Silver Spring. And it's really fun," Rafi said.
Fun is what they were hoping to have in December when they asked their father to drop them off at a park a mile from home. It would have been their longest solo walk yet, but they only made it halfway.
"The police came and picked them up and brought them home," their father, Alex, said.
Alex Meitiv and his wife, Danielle, said at one point there were six officers at their house. They now are being investigated for child neglect.
"They determined if there's an imminent danger of harm to the children, they are authorized to come and take the children," Alex said.
"And ask questions later," his wife Danielle added.
State law in Maryland says, "A child under the age of 8 years old" cannot be left alone in a "building, enclosure, or motor vehicle" ... and they must be with "a reliable person who is at least 13."