Police: Parents left kids in Rock Hill motel alone, went to see a movie

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 1, 2013 

— Two parents spent the weekend behind bars after police say they left their sleeping children in a hotel room, unattended and in disarray, while they went to watch a movie Friday night.

At about 11 p.m., a man, 31, called police after he saw a 2-year-old girl run on the third-floor balcony of the Rock Hill Motel by herself, according to a Rock Hill police report. He said he noticed the door was open, and could see a 10-month-old boy in a king size bed. The hotel room, police said, was in "disarray."

Police spoke with motel staff, who said they rented the room to Ychantiz McDonald and her two infant children, the report states. Police were unable to contact McDonald, 19, so two DSS caseworkers arrived.

While waiting for DSS to arrive, the children’s father, Casey McMeans, 21, of Fort Mill, returned to the room along with their mother, the report states.

The parents said they had been gone for an hour and left to get gas and food while the children were sleeping, according to police. McMeans also told police they had gone to see a movie.

McMeans’ grandparents arrived on scene and took custody of the children. McMeans and McDonald were both charged with unlawful neglect of a child. By Monday afternoon, they were still held at the York County Detention Center. McMeans is held on a $25,000 bond, and McDonald is held on a $50,000 bond.

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