Woman drove 2 children in pet kennels in Tennessee

Pauline Gross
June 11, 2018

A citizen recorded cell phone video that shows Memphis grandmother Leimome Cheeks opening the trunk of her Ford Explorer and letting a child out of dog kennel.

According to the Daily Mail, the children-aged seven and eight-were told by Cheeks that there wasn't enough room in the back seat of the SUV for them to sit safely.

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

The woman in the video was identified as the children's grandmother, 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks, who was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment in the case, Memphis Police Department announced.

According to her Facebook and LinkedIn pages, Cheeks was a Senior Technical Analyst at FedEx for 18 years.

Officers saw that the children were no longer inside the kennels but were seated in the back seat, the affidavit said.

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Shocked neighbors who have described Cheeks as a nice lady told CBS: "I really can't see her doing that".

TREATED LIKE ANIMALS: Viral video shows a Memphis woman traveling with children in pet kennels.

Local 24 reporter, Annette Peagler went to Cheeks home and tried to get a comment from her family, but no one answered the door. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", one neighbour said. She's such a nice lady.

"I mean it could be an honest mistake. If she did that, then that's out of character for her", neighbor Eugene Richmond said. She is scheduled to appear Monday in court.

Police said the children were OK after the incident.

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