A Maryland woman shot her husband, then went on a standoff against police at a luxury hotel in Washington, D.C. The wife allegedly told police that her husband molested children at her daycare business.
Around 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, police received calls that a man was shot on the 8th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C. Hotel management informed law enforcement that a fire alarm went off. When hotel staff investigated the room, they allegedly saw blood on the wall.
When police officers arrived at the hotel room, a woman talked to cops through the door. The woman – who barricaded herself in a hotel room for nearly an hour – warned police that if they attempted to infiltrate the room that she would shoot herself, according to authorities.
Shanteari Weems, of Randallstown, told police that she shot her husband because she claimed that he molested children at a daycare that she owned and operated, according to charging documents.
Around 8:11 p.m., officers forcibly entered the room. The man – a former Baltimore Police officer who retired from the department in 2005 and was a contract specialist until 2008 – was shot in the leg, according to court documents.
Weems, 50, was apprehended by police.
Weems claimed that numerous children at her Lil Kidz Kastle daycare in Owings Mills informed her that her husband of five years had been molesting them. Weems told police she didn't want to kill her husband, and only wanted to hurt him, according to court documents.
Sgt. Gladys Brown – a spokesperson for Baltimore County Police – said that the Lil Kidz Kastle 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.”
Police found two guns in the hotel room.
Weems was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill and assault with a dangerous weapon. Weems was held without bond.
Weems is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
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