Daycare owner shoots hubby in DC hotel, claims he molested kids in her care


A Maryland woman has told police she shot her husband at the Mandarin Hotel in southwest DC because he sexually abused children at the daycare center she runs.

A Maryland woman has told police she shot her husband at the Mandarin Hotel in southwest DC because he sexually abused children at the daycare center she runs.

According to police reports, around 7:40 p.m. Thursday night, DC police responded to reports that a man was shot on the eighth floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 1330 Maryland Ave. SW.

When officers arrived on the scene, hotel management told them that a fire alarm had gone off in room 853. When management opened the door to this room to check the alarm, they observed blood on the wall.

When officers approached the hotel room door, they were able to engage the defendant, Shanteari Weems, 50, of Randallstown, Maryland, through the door. Officers asked Weems to exit the room so they could check on the condition of the victim, identified as her husband, a retired Baltimore City police officer.

WTOP omits the name of the victim, since he has not been charged with any crime.

For about half an hour, police negotiated with Weems through the door for access to the victim, during which she made statements such as “If you come in, I’m going to shoot myself” and “F# ## him, he’s a child molester,” according to case reports.

When the victim could be heard through the hotel room door saying he had been shot in the head and leg, Weems said, “Shut up, I’m going to kill you.”

When the police determined that the victim was inside the room and needed help, they forced entry, whereupon they detained Weems. Weems handed over a gun that was in her purse and indicated that there were other guns in the room, but she didn’t know where.

Police said the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

A subsequent search of the room revealed two shell casings and another firearm in the hotel safe. Police said they also recovered handwritten documents from a notebook, the contents of which could be seen for all to see.

According to case reports, the recovered material contained phrases such as “I will shoot (the victim), but not kill him”, “I will paralyze you”, and “My only regret is that I did not do it.” put a bullet in the head.

One letter contained an apology to his “babies”, stating “I didn’t know”.

In an interview with detectives, Weems said she was told by children, parents and teachers of the Lil Kidz Kastle Daycare Center she operates in Owings Mills that her husband had molested children there.

She also told detectives that the abuse allegations had been reported to Baltimore authorities. She also said she had no intention of killing her husband and was thinking of harming herself.

In a statement released Sunday, Baltimore County Police said Lil Kidz Kastle will remain closed while the investigation continues.

“Baltimore County detectives are currently monitoring recent developments in Washington, DC,” said Sgt. Gladys Brown said in the statement. “Due to the sensitive circumstances leading up to this incident, the Baltimore County Police Department continues to support the affected families.”

Later in the interview, Weems said she drove from Maryland to DC on July 20 to meet her husband at the hotel. According to the case report, Weems said she confronted her husband about the charges on the night of July 21.

When the argument escalated inside the hotel room, Weems said her husband started “going towards” her. That’s when Weems says she retrieved a handgun from her purse and shot her husband.

Among the handwritten letters officers recovered from the crime scene were an apology to the children she worked with at daycare, which concluded with a last will and makeshift testament.

Weems was arrested for assault with intent to kill and was also charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of unregistered ammunition and other firearms-related counts. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Monday.


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