Woman arrested for transporting children in pet kennels, police say

WMC reported that Leimome Cheeks, 62, of Memphis, was charged with two counts of child endangerment, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison if convicted.

According to a Memphis police affidavit, Cheeks said there was no room inside her vehicle on Saturday, so she told the children - aged seven and eight - to get inside the kennels.

They said she admitted to driving from Whitehaven to Collierville with her two grandchildren who sat in kennels in the back of her truck, reports CBS affiliate WREG-TV of Memphis.

"I'm still shocked. I really can't see her doing that".

Other residents called the grandmother, who cares for two puppies, a woman of strong faith.

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Leimome Cheeks, 62, was charged with two counts of child endangerment. Cell phone video shows a girl getting out of a kennel from the back of an SUV. And indeed, it was around 95 degrees on the day that the children were seen in the pet kennels. She's such a nice lady, " neighbor Skylark Blake said.

"I think she needs some help".

A concerned citizen shot the video and forwarded it to the police. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", one neighbor said. "Cheeks further advised they also drove downtown, however she checked on the children periodically and later removed them from the kennel and put them in the rear seats of her her vehicle".

Police said the children were 7 and 8 years old. Their grandmother is scheduled to be in court Monday morning at 9 a.m.

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