Woman put 2 children in pet kennels inside hot car

Monday, 11 Jun, 2018

They said their grandmother told them to sit in the kennels because there was no room in the trunk.

Police in Tennessee say a woman, identified as Leimome Cheeks, was charged after mobile phone video emerged of the incident.

Cheeks was taken into police custody after a concerned witness shot video of her on Saturday as she opened the trunk of her Ford Explorer and released the children from the kennels. They say she's a woman of faith and a very nice lady.

A United States woman has been arrested after a video emerged of her travelling with her two young children in pet kennels in Memphis. Leimome Cheeks, 62, was arrested and charged Saturday with two counts of child endangerment, the Memphis Police Department said.

She allegedly told them to get in the kennels because there wasn't enough room in the SUV.

The issues of child abuse and endangerment have been at the forefront of the public awareness ever since 13 children were discovered shackled and held captive in a Perris, California, home last January.

"It's shocking, it really is", Blake told WATN. I only met her like once maybe twice. "I couldn't see her actually doing that", said Skylarr Blake, who lives doors down from Cheeks.

"I mean it could be an honest mistake".

They also said sitting in the kennels was very hot, because there were no vents for air.

Children's Services and Memphis Police are investigating. She is set to appear in court on Monday, the station reported.