Grandmother caught on video transporting kids in dog kennels, Memphis police say


A Tennessee woman is now behind bars after video shows two young children traveling in pet kennels inside her auto.

According to an affidavit, the children told police there was no room in the backseat, so their grandmother told them to get inside of the dog cages.

She is now facing two charges of child endangerment.

With temperatures reaching the 95-degree mark, the 7 and 8-year-old told officers they were hot since there were no vents in the back of the vehicle.

Police said Cheeks admitted to driving the kids 35 minutes from Whitehaven to Collierville as they sat in the kennels.

Leimome Cheeks
Leimome Cheeks

The viral video shows a woman standing by the trunk of a Ford Explorer and holding the door of a dog kennel open as a young child clambers out feet-first. "I couldn't see her actually doing that", said neighbor Skylarr Blake. "She's such a nice lady", a neighbor told WREG-TV.

A concerned citizen shot the video and forwarded it to the police. Cheeks has been identified as the childrens' grandmother, according to Commercial Appeal. The Memphis Police Department even posted about the case on its Facebook page Sunday to confirm her arrest. The kids reportedly told officials that it was hot in the back of the auto, according to Fox 13. She checked on the kids regularly, she said in the arrest affidavit, according to the AP.

Police said the children were OK after the incident. I only met her like once maybe twice. She is scheduled to appear Monday in court.

She is charged with child endangerment that carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison if convicted.

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