Baltimore day care owner pleads guilty to shooting husband

Baltimore, Maryland, resident Shanteari Weems pleaded guilty to shooting her husband James Weems after learning he molested children at her day care facility.

A Baltimore, Maryland, day care owner pleaded guilty to shooting her husband in July, after learning about allegations that he abused at least three children at the learning center.

Fox station WBFF in Baltimore reported that in the plea deal, prosecutors asked for a sentencing of two years followed by probation.

James Weems, Jr. is charged with multiple offenses of sexual abuse of a minor. 

James Weems, Jr. is charged with multiple offenses of sexual abuse of a minor.  (Baltimore County Police)

Weems’s attorneys, Joseph W. Fay, and Tony Garcia are seeking a lesser sentence, which will be determined by Judge Michael O’Keefe on Feb. 3, 2023.

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Weems owns a day care facility in Owings Mills called the Lil Kidz Kastle Development Center.

On July 21, she shot her husband, former Baltimore County police officer James Weems, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C.

When members of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department arrived, they found James Weems suffering from a gunshot wound.

Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department's First District responded to an alleged shooting at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department's First District responded to an alleged shooting at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.  (Fox5DC WTTG)

Shanteari told police, "He’s a child molester," when they arrived outside of her hotel room.

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She allegedly explained to officers that she and her husband had been married for five years, and multiple parents of children at her day care facility accused him of abusing their kids.

When Shanteari brought the allegations up with her husband, she told police, it led to an argument where he walked towards her and she shot him, allegedly.

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Although she claimed to police that she normally does not carry a gun with her, Shanteari said she was not trying to kill him.

Shanteari was indicted on Oct. 19 on charges of aggravated assault knowingly while armed, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, resisting arrest, and carrying a pistol without a license.

The U.S. Attorney's office in D.C. did not immediately respond to inquiries seeking additional information about the case.