A Baltimore area woman was arrested in Washington D.C., on Thursday after she shot her husband then barricaded him and herself in a hotel room for nearly an hour.
Shanteari Weems, 50, of Randallstown told police that she shot her husband because she believed he had molested children at the daycare she runs in Owings Mills, according to charging documents. The Baltimore Sun is not identifying the man, a former Baltimore Police officer who retired from the department in 2005 then worked as a contract specialist until 2008, because he has not been charged with a crime.
Sgt. Gladys Brown, a spokesperson for Baltimore County Police, said Sunday that Lil’ Kidz Kastle, Weem’s daycare, is closed “while an investigation moves forward.”
“Baltimore County detectives are currently monitoring the recent developments in Washington D.C.,” Brown said in a statement. “Due to the sensitive circumstances leading up to this incident, the Baltimore County Police Department continues to support the families impacted.”
D.C. police were called around 7:30 p.m. Thursday to the eighth floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, near The Wharf and the Tidal Basin. Hotel employees reportedly checked on the occupants of a room on the eighth floor after a fire alarm went off and saw blood on the wall before calling police, according to charging documents.
Weems would not open the door when police arrived at the room, officers wrote in charging documents, and threatened to shoot herself if they entered. She then told police that the man she shot was a child molester. The man told police through the door that he was shot in the head and leg. Officers then forcibly entered the room and took the man to a hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.
Weems was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill and assault with a dangerous weapon. Police found a gun in her purse and another in the room, according to charging documents. She told police that several children at the daycare business she runs had recently told her that her husband of five years had molested them. She reported the allegations to Baltimore authorities, according to charging documents. She told the police she didn’t intend to kill her husband and wanted to harm herself.
A preliminary hearing for Weems is scheduled for Monday in D.C. Superior Court. She is represented by Lisbeth Sapirstein, who did not return a request for comment Sunday.