Woman accused of driving children in kennels to be arraigned

Woman accused of driving children in kennels to be arraigned

Leimome Cheeks, 62, was arrested on Sunday after video emerged of her releasing two of her grandkids from dog kennels in the back of her SUV.

The children, one seven and one eight- years-old also reportedly said that Cheeks claimed they couldn't sit inside the trucks because there wasn't enough room.

The man later informed the Memphis Police Department, which then led to the arrest Cheeks, who is the grandmother of the two children. According to authorities, there was no air conditioning in the back of the vehicle where the kids sat, and the children told police they were hot inside the kennels.

Cheeks told police she put the kids in the kennels because there wasn't space in her SUV.

Temperatures in the area reached about 35 degrees Celsius.The mum is now facing charges of child endangerment. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake told WREG.

"When I saw her face on Facebook", she said, "I was like, wait a minute, that looks like my neighbor across the street".

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The video was filmed by a concerned citizen who was passing by.

"I mean it could be an honest mistake".

According to Local Memphis, Nikita Blake, another of Cheeks' neighbours, added: "It's very sad".

The kids told police that there was no air in the back of the vehicle, later moving them into the backseat. She is set to appear in court on Monday, the station reported.

"Leimome Cheeks was interviewed and admitted to riding from Whitehaven to Collerville with the children in the kennel", a police affidavit obtained by Commercial Appeal states.

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