Woman Accused Of Driving Children In Kennels Appears In Court

Woman Accused Of Driving Children In Kennels Appears In Court

Police said a woman has been arrested after a video shared online showed two children getting out of pet kennels inside the trunk of an SUV in Memphis on Saturday evening.

According to a police affidavit, the children-aged seven and eight-said there was no room left in the vehicle, so they were told to sit inside the kennels.

Cheeks, 62 has been charged with two counts of child endangerment.

"Leimome Cheeks was interviewed and admitted to riding from Whitehaven to Collierville with the children in the kennel", a police affidavit says.

The report also notes that the temperature "reached 95 degrees and there were no vents in the rear of the Ford Explorer".

The disturbing footage shows 62 year-old Leimone Cheeks opening the grate to a dog kennel that was in the trunk of her vehicle.

Cheeks' neighbor, Camilla Cowan, says she was shocked to see the video on Facebook but thinks Cheeks didn't realize she was doing anything wrong. "For them to be in the hot auto like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake told WREG.

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They also said they were hot during the drive while enclosed in the dog kennels, complaining their grandmother did not switch on air conditioning and kept the windows of the vehicle shut. She checked on the kids regularly, she said in the arrest affidavit, according to the AP.

The video was recorded by a local witness who wanted proof in the event that police never arrived.

He aded that the incident could have been an "honest mistake" and that the grandmother should "get help".

The two kids are Cheeks' grandchildren, ABC News reported.

Cheeks appeared in court Monday morning.

State child welfare officials are "now involved and investigating", a spokesman told the Appeal.

Cheeks was released on bond Sunday.

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