A family in Silver Spring, Maryland could face charges for child neglect for the second time in a matter of months.
Danielle and Sasha Meitiv found themselves in the national spotlight in January, after neighbors complained they were letting their children roam the neighborhood unattended.
The Meitivs -- who are both scientists -- insisted they were right to allow their children, aged 10 and 6, to play in the park or walk home from school without adult supervision. They were in the process of appealing Child Protective Service's child neglect charge.
Then it happened again.
On Sunday, Rafi Meitiv and his younger sister Dvora were just a few blocks from home when a police officer pulled up.
"The policeman said 'we'll give you a ride home' when we were like two blocks away," Rafi told a Fox 5 reporter.
"So we got into the car and then about two and a half hours later -- after sitting in the car for two and a half hours -- he said, 'okay I'll bring you home,'" Rafi said.
But the officer took the two children to CPS without notifying Danielle and Sasha.
The parents finally received a call around 8 p.m., but were not permitted to see their children for several more hours.
"It's 10:30 at night," Danielle told reporters once CPS handed the children over. "They've been missing since 6 o'clock."
Danielle said the kids normally carry "free range" badges so neighbors know they're not lost, but the children had left them behind that day.