By CBS3 Staff


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Authorities say the father of an 11-month-old boy who was critically injured in a shooting used the baby as a human shield while trying to buy drugs with counterfeit cash. That baby, Yaseem Jenkins, remains in critical condition after last month’s shooting North Philadelphia.

Nafes Monroe, 25, was arrested over the weekend and charged with recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of a child.

“He was using counterfeit money to purchase drugs knowing that counterfeit money is very upsetting to drug dealers, and when they find out they’re being burned with counterfeit money, they act violently,” said Anthony Voci, Homicide Unit Chief with the District Attorney’s Office.

The alleged shooter, 29-year-old Francisco Ortiz, is charged with attempted murder.

Police say there’s a connection between Ortiz and the deadly shooting of 2-year-old Nikolette Rivera.

Police say the gun used to kill Rivera was given to the suspects in that case by Ortiz.