(The AEGIS Alliance) – PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – A father allegedly took his 11 month year old son to a drug deal in Philadelphia and used the baby as a “human shield,” because he believed the baby’s presence would prevent violence, according to what an official with the district attorney’s office said on Tuesday.
The father by the name of Nafes Monroe was arrested last weekend because of his connection with the shooting on October 19, according what the chief of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Homicide Unit, Anthony Voci Jr said during a Tuesday news conference.
Nafes Monroe is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person.
The 11 month old boy was in the back seat of a vehicle with Mr Monroe and his girlfriend when the shooting happened. The baby was wounded by gunshots to the head, rear of his body, and torso, according to a police department spokeswoman.
Previously, police noted that if the baby manages to survive, he will not be able to make a full recovery and would most likely be quadriplegic making him paralyzed.
Mr Monroe failed to rush the baby boy to the hospital after the shooting, and instead took him to a house, Anthony Voci said.
When Monroe finally did drive the 11 month old boy to a hospital, “he never looked back and went into the wind so to speak,” Voci mentioned.
Nafes Monroe also goes by Nyfes and Nafis, and there was a probation warrant for his arrest. Monroe used counterfeit money to buy drugs during the incident, according to Voci.
“Monroe knew that the use of 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,” Anthony Voci stated.
Anthony Voci continued his statement and said, “This was not the first instance of Mr. Monroe using counterfeit money and, in fact, some was found in the car that his son was shot in.”
“And 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 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.”
Voci was asked at the news conference on Tuesday if Mr Monroe used the child as “protection” during the drug deal, Voci responded with saying, “A human shield is probably the term that I would use.”
Featured Image: Nafes Monroe. (Credit: Philadelphia Police Department)
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