Grandmother drove with 2 children locked in dog kennels, police say

Grandmother drove with 2 children locked in dog kennels, police say

A woman was arrested after a video was shared online showing two children getting out of pet kennels Saturday (June 09) evening, Memphis Police said.

According to Memphis police, Leimome Cheeks, 62, said there was no room inside her vehicle, so she told the seven and eight-year-olds to get inside the kennels.

A police report obtained by the Commercial Appeal shows temperatures "reached 95 degrees" and Cheeks' SUV doesn't have vents in the back.

Cheeks told the police that she checked on the children periodically before letting them out.

The viral video, which showed two kennels and another child by the vehicle, led to an investigation after the Memphis Police Department received a complaint, according to police documents seen by Reuters. She seems like a nice lady.

Cheeks admitted to traveling with the kids from Whitehaven to Collierville, which is a 35-minute drive.

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The video was filmed by a concerned citizen who said he to happened be in the right place at the right when he witnessed the unusual sight.

According to Local Memphis, Nikita Blake, another of Cheeks' neighbours, added: "It's very sad. It's a huge mistake, get some help yeah but put her in jail, it's hard to say", Blake said. "I couldn't see her actually doing that".

The kids told police that there was no air in the back of the vehicle, later moving them into the backseat.

She was arrested on two counts of child endangerment and was later released on bond.

An investigation has been launched by Children Services and Memphis Police.

Mrs Cheeks is due in court later on Monday.

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