Who is Shanteari Weems? Wife shoots husband in hotel after learning he sexually abused children at her daycare
Shanteari Weems shot her husband but did not kill him after confronting him in the hotel room on the evening of July 21
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Shanteari Weems, 50, the owner of Lil Kidz Kastle daycare, shot her husband at the Mandarin Hotel in Southwest D.C. Her husband, a retired Baltimore City police officer, was allegedly guilty of sexually abusing the children at her daycare, and the shooting was an aftermath of their confrontation. At around 7:40 pm on July 21, Thursday, the police were informed about the incident, and they responded to the report from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 1330 Maryland Ave. SW.
Occupying Room 853 at the hotel, Shanteari Weems had come to visit her husband, after which they got into an argument. When the husband made advances toward the woman, she took her handgun out of her hand purse and shot him point blank.
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A fire alarm had gone off in the room, to which the hotel staff had responded. They saw blood stains on the wall when they entered the room. The police engaged with Weems in order to get her out of the room so they could check in on the victim. The negotiations went on for half an hour, and the defendant kept threatening to harm herself. She said, "If you come in, I’m going to shoot myself", and “F**k him, he’s a child molester." Meanwhile, the victim exclaimed about his injuries in the leg and head. The woman snapped back at him and threatened to kill him. “Shut the f**k up, I will kill you," she shouted.
After a while, the police had to forcefully enter the room, recognizing that the victim clearly needed immediate attention. The victim did not suffer any serious injuries. They detained Weems, and she surrendered her weapon. She also said that there were other weapons in the room but she did not know where. Upon further investigation, the police found two shell casings and a firearm in the room. They also found a notebook with handwritten notes and letters saying: “I’m going to shoot (the victim), but not kill him,” “I’m going to paralyze you,” and “My only regret is that I didn’t put a bullet in your head.” One of the letters was a detailed apology to her "babies", whom the husband had reportedly abused and the fact that she did not know about it.
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When questioned by detectives, the wife said that she did not intend to shoot her husband but was contemplating self-harm. Teachers, students, and their parents had all reported to Weems about her husband abusing the kids. Following this, a report had also been filed in Baltimore. The Baltimore police said that until further investigation, her daycare would remain closed. Sgt. Gladys Brown made a statement on behalf of the Baltimore County detectives, saying they "are currently monitoring the recent developments in Washington, D.C. Due to the sensitive circumstances leading up to this incident, the Baltimore County Police Department continues to support the families impacted.”