Police: Couple leaves infant, 2-year-old alone to attend movie

Credit: York County Sheriff's Office

Ychantiz McDonald


by WCNC.com Staff


Posted on July 1, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 7:53 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Two Rock Hill parents are facing charges of neglect after police say the couple left their two young children alone while they went to the movies.

Friday night, Rock Hill Police were called to the Rock Hill Motel after a man reported seeing a 2-year-old running around on the balcony on the third floor, completely unattended. The man continued that he'd seen inside the 2-year-old's room and noticed a 10-month-old boy lying on a king-size bed.

Police said the hotel room was in a state of "disarray."

After speaking with motel staff, authorities attempted to contact the name in which the rented room was registered, 19-year-old Ychantiz McDonald.

Unable to reach McDonald, DSS caseworkers were called to the scene, but the kids' father, 21-year-old Casey McMeans, along with McDonald arrived at the room.

The couple told police they left the children unattended while getting gas and food. The kids were sleeping, the parents said.

McMeans also told authorities the couple had gone to see a movie.

The 2-year-old and 10-month-old were released to McMeans' grandparents.

McMeans and McDonald are both charged with neglect of a child.