Tennessee probing woman accused of driving kids in kennels

Dog Kennels

WATN reports the children, ages 7 and 8, told police their grandmother told them there wasn't room for them in the auto.

A concerned witness took the disturbing mobile phone footage of 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks letting her grandkids out of dog kennels, reports the Daily Mail.

Police said there were two children, ages 7 and 8, placed in the cages.

Temperatures in the area reached about 35 degrees Celsius.The mum is now facing charges of child endangerment.

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. "She's such a nice lady", a neighbor told WREG-TV.

She said they were in the kennels for a 25-mile journey from her home in Whitehaven to Collierville.


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

The bystander, who asked to remain anonymous, sent the video to Memphis Police.

Police say that the children are okay. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", one neighbour said. She checked on the kids regularly, she said in the arrest affidavit, according to the AP.

"I really can't see her doing that", she added.

An investigation has been launched by Children Services and Memphis Police. Officials released her from jail on bond on Sunday, according to WHQB-TV in Memphis. Court records show an arraignment scheduled for Monday has been continued until July 9, when she will tell a judge if she has hired a lawyer of if the court will need to appoint one.

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