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How police found out about a daycare bus driver accused of sexually abusing children

Kidz Kastle
Posted at 2:32 PM, Aug 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-04 09:38:49-04

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Charging documents reveal how three children at an Owings Mills daycare were victims of repeated sexual abuse by their bus driver.

According to those court filings 57-year-old James Weems worked at Lil' Kidz Kastle Daycare Center, which is owned by his wife.

Baltimore County Police began investigating July 3 after a 10-year-old girl, who attended the daycare, was found by a family member looking at porn.

The girl told the relative that her daycare bus driver, "Mr. James," had shown her the website on his phone.

Police corroborated that while executing a search and seizure warrant on James' cell phone, finding that he had visited the website on multiple occasions.

While speaking with family and investigators, the victim described multiple sexual assaults that had taken place on the bus and daycare playground.

The girl said James was the only person who was nice, and would give her snacks. She was told by James not to tell anyone about what happened.

Police say the victim also mentioned a second girl at the daycare, who James seemed to be close with.

During a forensic interview, that 12-year-old girl reported that James had touched her inappropriately several times, and had even asked for photos.

Detectives later interviewed a third victim, a 7-year-old boy, who recounted a similar incident with James. The boy said he too was told not to tell anyone, or else risk getting in trouble.

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On July 21 James was shot by his wife, Shanteari Weems, after she'd confronted him about the allegations inside a Washington D.C. hotel room.

He was charged July 26, extradited back to Maryland on August 1, and denied bail the next day. WMAR-2 News has since confirmed that James is a retired Baltimore Police officer.

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Shanteari still faces charges in Washington D.C. related to the shooting.