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Yaseem Jenkins used by dad as a ‘human shield’ while shooting dice in 2019

A toddler who prosecutors say was used as a “human shield” by his con-artist father during a 2019 drug-related shooting in Philadelphia died Tuesday.

Yaseem Jenkins, 3, was just 11 months old when he was shot in the head, neck and buttocks after his father Nafes Monroe allegedly tried to buy drugs with counterfeit money at the city’s hunting park, officials said.

The suspected shooter, Francisco Ortiz, 29, opened fire on Monroe’s car after the drug deal went awry, hitting Jenkins, who was in the back seat, authorities said.

“We are awaiting a coroner’s report on the cause of death, but we have reason to believe the cause of death is his original injury from this shooting,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said at a news conference on Friday.

Ortiz was expected to be charged with murder in the tot’s death if it’s ruled a homicide by the coroner.

Following the shooting, Monroe had been charged with reckless endangerment of another person and endangering the welfare of a child, according to KYW-TV.

Yaseem Munir Jenkins
Yaseem Jenkins was less than a year old when he was shot in 2019.

“Our investigation has led us to believe that he intentionally had his child with him when making such purchases, with the idea or belief that if anyone saw he had a child in the car, they would not point to him.” would shoot,” Anthony Voci of the prosecution said at the time.

“A human shield is probably the term I would use.”

Less than 24 hours after Yaseem was shot, the same gun was used to shoot another baby, police said. Nikolette Rivera, 2, died after suspects shot her in the back of the head as they opened fire on her North Philadelphia home. Police claimed Ortiz gave the killers the firearm he used to shoot Yaseem, according to the local outlet.

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