Grandmom arrested after allegedly driving with kids in dog kennels

Woman drives children in cages as ‘no room in car,’ gets charged after VIDEO goes viral

A citizen sent Memphis police a cellphone video of Cheeks opening the trunk of her Ford Explorer and letting a child out of a dog kennel.

Leimome Cheeks was apprehended by police after the children were spotted on Elvis Presley Boulevard, in Memphis, yesterday afternoon, Fox 17 News reports.

Sixty-two-year-old Leimome Cheeks was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment, WREG reported. It was reportedly 95 degrees that day.

The children told police there wasn't much air in the kennels and they were very hot.

In a freakish story, a woman was arrested for driving kids around, not in booster seats or in the back seats, but in two pet kennels placed in the back of her vehicle.

Leimome Cheeks
Leimome Cheeks

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

The footage shows Cheeks open the cage for one of the children, seen wearing turquoise leggings and a blue T-shirt. That followed a 35-minute drive through the Memphis area, according to CBS affiliate WREG. "For them to be in the hot auto like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake said. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", neighbor Eugene Richmond said.

Fox 13 Memphis interviewed one of Cheeks' neighbors who said she thinks the grandmother didn't have bad intentions.

"I really can't see her doing that", she added. The woman is being held at the Shelby County Jail.

Cheeks is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.

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