Man Accused Of Abusing Children At Owings Mills Daycare Granted Home Detention


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OWINGS MILLS - On Tuesday, a judge declared that James Weems Jr., the accused in a child abuse case at an Owings Mills daycare, can be put under home detention as he awaits his upcoming trial.

Weems, who has been denied bail, is mandated to abide by "Level 3 Home Detention" conditions, which explicitly prohibit any interactions with children, the alleged victims, and witnesses. His trial is set to commence on May 6, 2024.

The 57-year-old, previously affiliated with the Baltimore City Police Department, faces 21 charges stemming from abuse claims involving at least three minors at the "Lil Kidz Kastle" daycare facility in Owings Mills, where he worked as a bus driver.

In 2022, authorities charged Weems with multiple counts, including the sexual abuse of a minor, various degrees of assault and sex offenses, and presenting inappropriate material to a child.

Weems' wife, Shanteeri Weems, received a four-year prison sentence after she was found guilty of shooting her husband at a Washington D.C. hotel - a reaction stemming from her discovery of the allegations against him.

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