Gone are the days when parents used to allow their children simple freedoms. Remember the Good Old Days when you got to go play in the neighborhood beyond the watchful eye of your parents? All you had to do was be home by a certain time and have fun. In our modern world, parents won’t even let their children out of their sight for a moment – let alone allow them the freedom to play freely in their neighborhood with other children.
And when a parent does allow their child some freedom, other people sabotage it. That’s what happened when a bystander noticed that an eight-year-old girl was allowed to walk her dog in a Maryland public park by herself. Because the person thought this was a criminal offense, they called Child Protective Services, and now parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are trying to get their life back.
Another similar incident happened in Wilmette, Illinois. A young girl, who was allowed to live her own life and not be micromanaged by her parents, took her dog out for a walk without the presence of an adult.
Although the child returned home to her mother, 48-year-old Corey Widen, who was waiting for her, she was not alone. Moments later, a gang of police officers stormed over to Widen’s property and demanded to know why the child had been walking her dog alone without parental supervision. Yes, in modern day America, it seems to have become a criminal offense to let a child do something independently.
Because the girl had been spotted walking the dog alone, someone called the police and reported the incident to child protective services. Because this was a daily walk and Widen could see her daughter during most of the route – as she was only walking the puppy around the block – she never thought it was that serious.
Widen had to convince the police officers that allowing her daughter to have some independence is not a crime. Throughout the altercation, voices were heated, and a strong debate continued raging. But eventually the mother won the day, and the police officers left her and did not give her a ticket or put any charges against her name.
Although Corey Widen’s troubles with the police were over, she still had another battle ahead of her. The reason for that was because the meddling neighbor who had called 911 when she saw a child walking a dog alone had also placed the same call to child protective services.
“For something like this to happen to me, there’s something really wrong,” said Widen. “The funny thing is … I’m a joke with my friends because my kids are around me all the time.”
Although Widen eventually got cleared of all charges and problems – including from the police and from child protective services – the damage had been done. Her family was put through the wringer because another person thought it was wrong for her to allow her little girl the freedom to walk the dog around the neighborhood.
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