Judge Nap: Police Used 'Unique Brand of Punishment' on 'Free-Range' Parents
Two Maryland parents are under investigation again after police found their children alone in a park.
Police picked up Danielle and Alexander Meitiv's children on Sunday for the second time in four months. The children, a six-year-old girl and ten-year-old boy, were taken directly to CPS, instead of being dropped off at home. The parents were not reunited with their children until about 10:30 p.m.
Last month, the Meitivs were found guilty of "unsubstantiated child neglect" after a two-month investigation by CPS. The probe stemmed from an incident in which the two kids were found walking home alone from a park.
Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on "Varney & Co.," stating that the kids' age is an issue, because children can lawfully be alone at age 13 in Maryland.
Stuart Varney told Napolitano that he thinks this is wrong.
"The government picks them up and takes them off the parents because they roam free," Varney said. "That is outrageous!"
"That is the problem. The government picks them up, brings them to a police station, confines them in the police station, invites the parents to come. And then, as if to administer its own unique brand of punishment, causes the parents to sit there in no communication to the children for four or five hours before they return the children to the parents," Napolitano said.
Napolitano stated that Maryland is "very over-governed and has an extremely paternalistic value judgment in its laws."
He explained that the parents could be using their children to challenge Maryland's law. He added that if the police were truly interested in the safety of the kids, they would have returned the kids to the parents.
"They are interested in conforming the parents into a state of behavior that the government commands," Napolitano stated. "That's why they bring them to the police station for five hours."
Watch more above.
See more from Judge Nap ...