Father of baby shot 4 times in Hunting Park accused of using him as ‘human shield’

KYW Staff
November 13, 2019 - 12:53 pm
Nafes Monroe

Philadelphia Police Department


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia father whose infant son was critically wounded in a shooting last month in Hunting Park is accused of using the child as a "human shield."

According to Anthony Voci, supervisor of the Homicide Unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, 25-year-old Nafes Monroe had his 11-month-old son, Yazeem Jenkins, in the car with him on Oct. 19 when he tried to buy drugs with counterfeit money. 

While they were driving, a gunman passed by and opened fire, striking the boy four times — in the back of the head, the chest, and twice in the backside.

“Our investigation has led us to believe that he intentionally had his child with him when he was making such types of purchases,” said Voci, “with the idea or belief that if someone saw he had a child in the car, that they would not fire upon him.”

Voci said Monroe initially drove the wounded baby to a house. He eventually dropped him off at the hospital and never looked back.

Monroe was arrested over the weekend and charged with child endangerment and reckless endangerment.

The boy remains hospitalized.