A North Carolina woman is facing neglect charges after Myrtle Beach police officers found her two young children and a small dog in a motel room without food and alone, according to a police report.
Amber Lynn Fulk, 26, of Greensboro, N.C., was charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child after officers responded to a call at 3 a.m. Saturday about two small children left alone in a room at 304 N. Ocean Blvd., police said.
People in an adjacent room heard loud noises coming from the room and then banging on their door and when they opened the door they saw the children, who said they were locked out of their room, according to the report. The children -- the oldest was 4-year-old -- said they were hungry.
The children told police that a 21-year-old man living with them would beat them for various reasons including being out of the room and putting a shirt in a clothes basket, according to a police report. Officers noted “the children appeared to be anxious and very tired.”
The man was the only person registered to the room, but he was not there, according to the report. Police planned to seek warrants for his arrest.
Hotel guests gave the children some food because they told police they didn’t know when they last ate, according to the report. The children also described being hit with a shoe and chair.
Officers noted the room was in disarray with clothing all over the floor, a chair was upside down and the telephone receiver was broken, according to the report. Officers also found a small dog in the bathroom and there was urine and feces on the floor in the room. The dog was taken to the animal shelter because there was no food or water left for the dog.
The children were taken into emergency protective custody, according to the report. Fulk later arrived at the hotel and she told police she left her children with the man while she went to work.
The woman told police she lives in North Carolina, but came to Myrtle Beach for a vacation and brought the man with her to watch the children while she went to work, according to the report, which listed Fulk’s occupation as a dancer but did not show any other details.
Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.