WASHINGTON, DC – Last Thursday, a Maryland woman was arrested for shooting her husband in a hotel room in Washington, DC, and now there’s more information being released on the incident. The woman apparently shot her husband because she found out he’d been molesting children at her daycare center.

The woman, 50-year-old Shanteari Weems, is being held without bond for shooting her husband, 57-year-old James Weems Jr., who is a retired Baltimore City police officer and is now being charged with sexual abuse of  “at least three children while working at a daycare facility located in Owings Mills.”

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About a dozen people showed up to the courtroom Monday to support Shanteari, saying that she took matters into her own hands because her cries for help went “unanswered.” Apparently, an investigation had previously been opened into James’ alleged accusations. The hashtag #FreeShanteari was trending on TikTok.

The shooting was reported to police on Thursday, July 21, at around 7:40 pm on the eighth floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel located at 1330 Maryland Avenue SW. Reportedly, staff at the hotel checked on a fire alarm coming from room 853. When they opened the door, they could see blood on the wall, so they called the police.

When police arrived, they spoke with Shanteari through the door. They negotiated with her at the door for about 30 minutes, asking her to come out so they could check on James.

Shanteari refused to exit the hotel room and said things like, “If you come in, I’m going to shoot myself.” She also said, Fuck him, he’s a child molester!”

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Eventually, police heard James in the room, saying that he’d been shot in the head and the leg. Shanteari said, “Shut the fuck up, I will kill you!” At that point, police made entry into the room and took custody of Shanteari. She cooperated at that point and gave the police a gun that was in her purse.

James’ injuries were said to be non-life-threatening, which means that he is now able to face charges for the child molestation of which he’s accused.

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During a search of the hotel room, police found a notebook that contained writings, presumably done by Shanteari, which apologized to her “babies,” saying, “I didn’t know,” as well as other statements like “I’m going to shoot James, 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.” The letters in the notebook appeared to serve as Shanteari’s will.

Shanteari told police that James was accused of molesting children at Lil Kidz Kastle daycare in Owings Mills, which she owns and operates according to the website. Reportedly, children, parents, and teachers all spoke with her about the matter prior to reporting it to the police. She drove to the hotel on Wednesday, July 20 to meet with her husband and confront him on the allegations.

Shanteari said the argument over the matter got “heated” and James started to “go toward” her, which is when she pulled out her gun and shot him.

She was arrested for “assault with intent to kill, and has also been charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of unregistered ammunition and other gun-related counts.”

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