Baltimore Sun

Woman accused of shooting husband at DC hotel

Police: Nonfatal incident tied to her claim he molested kids at her Owings Mills day care

- By Lilly Price

A Baltimore-area woman was arrested in Washington, D.C., on Thursday after police say 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 day care 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, Weems’ day care, 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 workers 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 day care 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.

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