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Who is Shanteari Weems? Daycare owner, 50, pleads guilty to shooting her ‘child molester’ husband in the leg and neck in DC hotel

Who is Shanteari Weems? Daycare owner, 50, pleads guilty to shooting her 'child molester' husband in the leg and neck in DC hotel

A daycare owner has pleaded guilty to shooting her ‘child molester’ husband in a hotel in Washington, DC after he allegedly abused children in her care.

Shanteari Weems, 50, of Randallstown, Maryland, pleaded guilty on Monday to four charges and faces up to two years in prison for shooting her husband, James Weems Jr., 57, in the leg and neck at the former Mandarin Oriental hotel in July.

Who is Shanteari Weems? Daycare owner, 50, pleads guilty to shooting her 'child molester' husband in the leg and neck in DC hotel

Her lawyers are requesting a shorter sentence, claiming she shot her husband in self-defense after a mother told her James had assaulted her child at the daycare she owned, Lil Kidz Kastle.

Shanteari’s attorney, Tony Garcia, stated that she brought her 9mm handgun to the hotel for protection because her husband was working private security for a National Urban League convention in DC.

She claims that when she confronted her husband about the alleged assault, he became aggressive, and she shot him out of fear.

The shooting, however, was premeditated, according to police, because she left a journal at the crime scene in which she wrote that she didn’t want to kill her husband, just ‘paralyze’ him.

Who is Shanteari Weems? Daycare owner, 50, pleads guilty to shooting her 'child molester' husband in the leg and neck in DC hotel

She is still imprisoned after being denied pre-trial release.

In August, Garcia told DailyMail.com that it was “ironic that they think she is a safety risk when the only reason she’s in jail is because she was trying to protect the safety of children.’

She also stated that she wanted him to ‘pay’ for what he had done to the children, and that her only regret was that she did not put a bullet through his head.

James, a retired Baltimore City police officer, is also being held on child molestation charges and must use a walker to get around after having a metal rod surgically implanted in his leg.

According to court documents, James is charged with more than 30 counts of child sexual abuse and assault in relation to four victims.

Police claimed the journal showed the shooting was premeditated against James (pictured with his wife)

Prosecutors have also stated that they intend to seek enhanced penalties against him based on the ages of the victims.

James had been accused of child sexual assault not long before Shanteari tracked him down at the hotel. Following the initial accusations, her business was shut down.

Shanteari is ‘cooperating’ with Baltimore authorities, where her husband is being held, to help with his case.

Police in Baltimore said they had been looking into James prior to the shooting after being ‘notified’ of his alleged abuse.

Garcia called the shooting a “tragedy,” adding that they are “not asking anyone to feel sorry for her, but we are asking for empathy for her.”

Her friends and family worked hard to get her released and set up a GoFundMe, which has since been removed, to help raise funds for her defense.

Who is Shanteari Weems? Daycare owner, 50, pleads guilty to shooting her 'child molester' husband in the leg and neck in DC hotel

‘Shanny and I have been friends for 32 years…she has supported my student-workers and the Baltimore Clean Streets program in recent years.’

‘Shanny provided catered lunch and holiday stipends – $75/student-worker x 30 – each of the last two years,’ Sean Stinnett, who runs the program, told DailyMail.com in August.

Shanteari’s attorneys said that she has never been violent in the past, and that if freed, she wouldn’t be a risk to society.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on February 3.

source:summarybio.com