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Owings Mills man shot by wife inside D.C. hotel charged with sexually abusing children at her daycare

Kidz Kastle
Posted at 11:59 AM, Jul 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-02 14:28:44-04

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — We're learning more about what led a Baltimore County woman to shoot her husband last Thursday inside a Washington D.C. hotel room.

According to police charging documents, 50-year-old Shanteari Weems owns Lil' Kidz Kastle Daycare Center in Owings Mills.

Weems reportedly confronted her husband, 57-year-old James Weems Jr., after at least three kids she babysits told her that he'd molested them.

After receiving multiple text messages from parents and teachers regarding the allegations, Shanteari decided to have a discussion about it with James inside their room at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Things quickly turned heated. Shanteari claims at one point, James got up and approached her.

Metropolitan Police say that's when she grabbed a gun from her purse and shot James. Police ended up recovering two guns from the hotel room, in addition to a notebook that appeared to lay out Shanteari's plans to shoot James.

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In an interview with D.C. detectives Shanteari said she wanted to hurt James, not kill him.

She'd already reported the accusations against James to Baltimore County Police, before questioning him about it.

On July 26 an arrest warrant was issued for James in Maryland, related to the child sexual assault allegations.

He's currently still hospitalized in Washington D.C. from injuries suffered during the shooting, but is in police custody.

Following his hospitalization, James has waived extradition. He remains in custody in Washington D.C.

Weems is expected to appear before a Baltimore County Court Commissioner in the next coming week.

WMAR confirmed that James is a former Baltimore City Police officer. He retired in 2005, but continued working for the department as a contract specialist until 2008.

As for Shanteari, she faces charges of assault with intent to kill.

Her next court hearing is scheduled for July 29 in D.C.