A man was arrested after using his 11-month-old as a human shield during a shooting.
Nafes Monroe was arrested for reckless child endangerment after he used his child as a human shield after a drug deal went wrong.
Police say Monroe was in the back of the car with his son Yaseem Munir Jenkins, Yasmeen’s stepmother and another man, that’s when a man started shooting into the car.
Police say the incident happened when an upset drug dealer found out that Monroe used counterfeit bills to pay for drugs he purchased from him. The man shot the child 4 times including once in the head as he aimed for Monroe.
Anthony Voci with the district attorney’s office told 6 ABC:
“He was using counterfeit money to purchase drugs, knowing that counterfeit money is something that is very upsetting to drug dealers, and when they find out that they’re being burned with counterfeit money, they act violently. It’s our belief and our investigation has led us to believe that he intentionally had his child with him when he was making such types of purposes purchases with the idea or belief that if someone saw that he had a child in the car that they would not fire upon him…A human shield is probably the term that I would use.”
Police say after the shooting Monroe drove his injured son to a house first before taking him to the hospital. He dropped him off at the hospital and never looked back.
UPDATE: Police have a suspect in custody for the shooting of 11-month-old Yaseem Munir Jenkins.— Maggie Kent (@MaggieKent6abc) October 24, 2019
He was hit 4 times.
His mother asks, “Please continue to keep my baby in your prayers and mention him by name for he is not just an 11 month old, he’s my world.” @6abc pic.twitter.com/dBCygwkOOT
Yasmeen is still alive, but is in critical condition.
A family spokesman released a statement on behalf of Yasmeen’s mother:
“My son is fighting for his life and it is not fair. He’s innocent, so precious, and his smile will brighten up anyone’s day. He’s such a bubbly kid. So loving and lovable. How could anyone be so heartless! Please do the right thing and help us find some form of closure or answers in this tragic situation. Help us find the shooter. I can’t eat or sleep. I need justice for my baby…For the coward who did this to him, you will pay, even if it not today or tomorrow. God will handle you accordingly.”