Philadelphia police have arrested a man after he used his 11-month-old son as a ‘human shield’ while buying drugs, according to officials.
Nafes Monroe, 25, was arrested over the weekend and charged with recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of a child, CBS Philly reported.
His son, Yaseem Munir Jenkins, is in a critical condition after being shot four times, including once in the head on Oct. 19.
Authorities said the boy was in the back seat of the car, with two other adults, including his girlfriend, when shots rang out, ABC13 reported.
Police said Monroe was using counterfeit money to purchase drugs and they believe that is the motive for the shooting.
Anthony Voci of the district attorney’s office revealed that Monroe only brought his son into this dangerous situation because he thought they wouldn’t shoot him if he had a child with him.
“A human shield is probably the term that I would use,” Voci said.
Although Yaseem was badly injured in the shooting, his father brought him to a house rather than bringing him straight to a hospital. Voci said Monroe then “dropped his child off at the hospital and never looked back.”
The alleged shooter, 29-year-old Francisco Ortiz, has been charged with attempted murder and he may be connected to the recent shooting of little Nikolette Rivera, 2.