Man who was shot by wife in DC and accused of sexual abuse while working at Baltimore County day care is facing 13 charges – Baltimore Sun

Man who was shot by wife in DC and accused of sexual abuse while working at Baltimore County day care is facing 13 charges – Baltimore Sun

A man who was shot at a hotel in Washington, DC by his wife, who accused him of molesting children at her Owings Mills day care center, now faces more than a dozen criminal charges.

James S. Weems Jr., 57, who retired from Baltimore Police in 2005, is accused of “sexually abusing at least three children while working at a day care facility,” Baltimore County Police said Tuesday.

According to the department, Weems is charged with three counts each of sexual abuse involving a minor, third-degree sexual offense, second-degree assault, and fourth-degree sexual offense. He also faces a charge of displaying obscene material to a minor.

Police spokeswoman Joy Stewart said Tuesday afternoon there may be additional charges filed in the case. Baltimore County authorities on Monday issued an arrest warrant for Weems and said he is hospitalized in police custody in Washington DC “pending extradition.”

It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday whether Weeks had obtained legal representation.

A report provided by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington said the suspect was arrested at a hospital. The DC detective’s report was dated just after 8 pm on Monday.

Allegations of sexual abuse surfaced publicly after Weems’ wife, Shanteari Weems, 50, of Randallstown, was arrested on Thursday in the shooting of her husband at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in DC

She told police she shot him because she believed he’d molested children at her day care, Lil Kidz Kastle, according to charging documents. Court filings said police recovered a notebook with handwritten messages, including “I’m going to shoot” him “but not kill him” and “I want these kids to get justice.”

Shanteari Weems has been charged in DC Superior Court with assault with intent to kill and assault with a dangerous weapon. A preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday was continued to Friday morning.

One of her attorneys, Joseph Fay, said Tuesday he and his co-counsel, Tony Garcia, are “looking forward to providing Ms. Weems with a vigorous defense.”

Garcia said the two hoped the court would grant her bail because she has “never harmed a person in her life,” and in fact “dedicated herself to other people’s children so that they can make a living.”

Court filings say Shanteari Weems told officers she went to meet with her husband on Wednesday and “repeatedly” asked him about “accusations of child molestation in Maryland.”

As she received more calls and messages about the allegations, she became more emotional and started a conversation with her husband again on Thursday, the records said. It escalated to an argument, she told police, and she shot when he stood up at one point and started to “go towards” her.

“I think that this woman here was torn apart by guilt — that this was her very own husband — and by fear, when he attacked her,” Garcia said. “She’s just in this swamp of fear and guilt at this moment. It was very clear that she did not want him to annoy another child. Not on her watch from her.”

Garcia said the allegations of sexual abuse are “the worst nightmare of anyone who owns a day care.”

“The only thing worse than the accusation being against one of your employees is if it’s the very person that you’re married to and intimate with, which is her very own husband,” Garcia said.

Shanteari Weems’ case has gained national attention online, with people calling for her to be freed in social media posts.

In a news release, Baltimore County Police on Tuesday said detectives began to investigate James Weems “earlier this month” when they were notified of sexual abuse allegations.

The day care, Lil Kidz Kastle, was closed “while an investigation moves forward,” Sgt. Gladys Brown of Baltimore County Police said Sunday.

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DC Police were called to the hotel around 7:30 pm Thursday, after hotel employees reportedly checked on the occupants after a fire alarm went off and saw blood on the wall.

Officers wrote in charging documents that Shanteari Weems wouldn’t open the door when police arrived, threatened to shoot herself if they entered and that the man she shot was a child molester.

A man in the room said through the door he was shot in the head and leg, the documents said.

Police forcibly entered the room and took him to a hospital. His injuries to him are not life-threatening, according to police.

Shanteari Weems told police, according to charging documents, that several children at the day care she runs had recently told her that her husband of five years had molested them. She said she’d reported the allegations to authorities, police said.

Baltimore Sun reporter Lilly Price contributed to this article.

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