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N.C. man wanted on child neglect charges in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach police are searching for a North Carolina man after two young children were found alone and hungry in a motel room rented in the man’s name, according to authorities.

Joshua Wesley Chappell, 21, of Salem, N.C., was entered into the National Crime Information Center as being wanted in Myrtle Beach in connection with the incident that occurred on Aug. 4, according to police.

Myrtle Beach police charged the children’s mother, Amber Lynn Fulk, 26, of Greensboro, N.C., with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child after officers responded to a call at 3 a.m. Aug. 4 about two small children left alone in a room at 304 N. Ocean Blvd.

People in an adjacent room said they 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 Chappell, who lived 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.”

Chappell was the only person registered to the room, but he was not there, according to the incident report. Hotel guests gave the children food because they told police they didn’t know when they last ate.

Officers said 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 told police she left her children with Chappell while she went to work.

Fulk told police she lives in North Carolina, but came to Myrtle Beach for a vacation and brought Chappell 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.

Anyone with information regarding Chappell’s whereabouts can call Myrtle Beach police at 918-1382.

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