Endangered Beaufort Co. 11-Year-Old Found Safe In South Carolina

A missing Beaufort County youngster has been found safe and the Amber Alert issued for her has been cancelled. Authorities say her father has been taken into custody in South Carolina.

Manning, South Carolina police chief Blair Shaffer tells WITN News that Alexis Cartwright was found in a CVS Pharmacy, just a few blocks from their police station around 3:00 p.m.

Blair says a citizen recognized the two and called police. He said the child's father used his debit card at the pharmacy, and that alerted the FBI. When the FBI called Manning police they already had them in custody.

Chief Shaffer says Alexis Cartwright is being checked out at a local hospital, while her father is in the county jail. He says the two had been staying in a nearby motel for the past two days. Manning is along I-95.

Virginia authorities say they have charged the father with abduction and child neglect. Cartwright will be held on a federal warrant and is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday.


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North Carolina has issued an Amber Alert, three days after a Beaufort County youngster was allegedly abducted by her father.

But authorities in another state now say Alexis Cartwright may be in South Carolina.

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division says Alexis Cartwright may be in Georgetown, that's near Myrtle Beach.

Virginia authorities say the 11-year-old was taken from a hospital in New Kent County by her father, Lemuel Cartwright. The girl was under D.S.S. custody and a felony warrant has been issued for her father.

At first authorities believed the two were headed to their home in Bath.

North Carolina Crime Control & Public Safety says there was a delay in issuing the Amber Alert because they did not have enough information from Virginia authorities.


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Virginia authorities say they have issued a felony warrant for a Beaufort County man who they say abducted his 11-year-old daughter Sunday from a hospital.

Virginia State Police say Alexis Cartwright was last seen Sunday at the Cumberland Children's Hospital in New Kent County. That's about 35 miles east of Richmond.

The FBI and local authorities here in Eastern Carolina are also on the lookout for the child who may be in danger.

Police say the 11-year-old from Beaufort County was taken by her father, who is possibly driving a blue 1993 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck with North Carolina tags XYZ-8450.

Police say they may be en route to Bath.

Lt. Chris Hamlet with the New Kent County Sheriff's Office says the girl was in Beaufort County Department of Social Service custody, and was at the Virginia hospital for diabetes treatment.

Lemuel Cartwright is described as a white man, 55 years, 6'7" tall, with brown eyes and hair.

Alexis was wearing a blue "Aeropostale" coat, a yellow/green shirt and blue jeans. She is 5'3", 137 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. Police say she may be in need of medical attention.

Anyone who has seen the girl is urged to call Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.


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  • by Sammy Location: New Bern on Jan 11, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    Prayers are with Lemuel, Alexis and the whole family, my wife was over at Lemuel's many of times and babysat by him and his family. Great family from what I hear. Hope the law and DSS does the right thing and reunites this family.
  • by j Location: no werre on Jan 9, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    he would have died for his kids and still will an 4 those of u who arrested him dont no him so let him go the law system in beaufort county is crooked as hell and every 1 nos this is true ive seen people go to prison that inocent and they still went to prison ihope its not to late 4 people to relize that there wrong to lock up inocent people on princeable and not evidence if they ever get they better have evidence or il sue the socks write off of them even though idont do drugs r drink r sell drugs but let those inocent people go now its wrong as hell to lock up some one for princeable they go by word now insteaad of evidence now ok take this to heart and if u dont like icant help it this is true
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    me and my family have known Lemuel and his family for years.He has always been a very kind and gentle man. He has loved his daughter dearly from the day she was born. He would never harm her or interfere with her well being. This act of removing his daughter from this medical facility was not ment to rebell against a system but to protect her from stress and crulty of a system. A system of medical and social. I have had to use the social system and believe me they do not always have the clients best interest in mind. They make terriable choices and mistakes with our lives and we are forced to comply or we WILL NOT receive help. His #1 mistake was going to DSS for medical assisstance concerning Alexis. It's our tax money that is consumed by nonsense behaviors of others rather than helping a physically sick and hard working father getting help with medical expences for a sick daughter. Please, be careful not to judge this father unless you have walked in his shoes. and this is the tru h
  • by j Location: chocowinity on Jan 9, 2010 at 05:14 PM
    idont blame him ino kids that have the same thing she has an need insulen and they argue with there parents to eat what they want thats the problem with beaufort count now ur guilty an u dont even have to do ne thing wrong its mostly cause of crooked cop so let him an the girl go cause he done what he thought was rite but off course to beaufort county cops and court house every ones guilty till proven inecent here an u dont have to do wrong yall need to investagate all these croked cops so give the man a break if it was me iwould have done the same they had no rite to take his child in the first place and its the truth about some of the cops here an yall no its true but yall to scared to do n e thing about it and yall no this is true they never should have taken his child over dibeaties n e way ino lots of children who have dibeaties so look at this and take it to heart sorry this is how ifeel ino about some of the cops an they hide behind there badges
  • by LRC Jr. Location: Tampa, Fl on Jan 8, 2010 at 07:50 AM
    To "someone" in Washington: I can't argue with that logic. That being said, that's not the case here. Most of the comments on the board are from people that know the family well enough to know this. I agree that this didn't help the situation, and only made it worse; but it's easy to armchair quarterback. Hopefully some good will come out of all this.
  • by Knows DSS Location: Washington,NC on Jan 8, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    Amen to S from Amen to S from ENC...I also have dealt with DSS & the system on a professional basis for many years & I agree with everything you said....You wouldn't believe some of the things I have seen being done by their "workers". Instead of inserting themselves into other peoples's lives & ruining them,they should investigate their own personnel,many of whom have been criminally charged with various offenses themselves...NEVER EVER CALL DSS for help because the two phrases 'DSS' and "Help" NEVER GO TOGETHER.
  • by S Location: ENC on Jan 7, 2010 at 09:29 PM
    Glad that this young lady was found safely;but I am sure she was in absolutely No Danger from her father...I dealt with DSS and the judicial system my whole life and I know for a fact that the Dept. of Social Services in Beaufort County is the most USELESS organization in the State....Those who think they really cared about the environment of this child are in a dream world....The only thing they care about is drawing a paycheck every month...I have seen them ruin many families with their so-called "observations"...I have also seen them get custody of children who were so much better off with their parents because they can and they do get Judges to sign anything put in front of them. I'm talking FACTS,not allegations. Their social workers are a joke & some of them have been charged with criminal charges themselves....yet they keep on interfering where they are not wanted or needed.....Just hope you never have to deal with any of them EVER!!
  • by friend Location: bath on Jan 7, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    I agree with "Heart" in Beaufort Co...There should be a fundraiser set for this family ...Lemuel would NEVER hurt Alexis...She has been going through alot learning how to deal with her diabetes. This family needs support from this county not to have their daughter taken away!...She is not in harms way with her daddy!...Alexis is a bright, smart young lady ..she is a friend of my daughters and being I'm always at their school I've gotten to know her. I pray to the good lord that the justice system does the right thing and puts this family back together...I wonder who to write to about this being it is a federal court case?
  • by Heart Location: Beaufort Co. on Jan 7, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    I think someone should start a fund for Lemuel's legal expenses. He needs our help to keep fighting for his family's well being.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington, NC on Jan 7, 2010 at 02:28 PM
    I think that everyone should just be thankful that the girl was found. I am so glad that the situation was did not turn out to be any worse than it already was.
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