Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

A Memphis, Tennessee woman was charged with child endangerment after video of her confining her grandkids to pet kennels surfaced on social media over the weekend.

A 62-year-old grandmother, Leimome Cheeks, was arrested for transporting her grandchildren in dog kennels in the back of her vehicle.

The video was filmed on Saturday evening by a concerned citizen, KTLA sister station WREG in Memphis reported.

Footage has emerged of the moment at grandmother apparently let her grandchildren out of dog kennels in the back of her vehicle. Cheeks admitted to police that she had driven with the kids at least 35 minutes in 95-degree heat that day as she ran errands.

A video showing one of the children climbing out of the kennel was passed onto police by a horrified neighbour.

Shocked neighbors who have described Cheeks as a nice lady told CBS: "I really can't see her doing that". She's such a nice lady.

Neighbors were shocked at news of the incident and said that Cheeks had just bought two German Shepherd puppies, which is why the kennels were in her vehicle.

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

In roasting temperatures around 35C, Cheeks drove from Whitehaven to Collierville, in Memphis, Tennessee, with the kids locked up in the back of her truck.

The children at the center of the case are not in the custody of the Department of Children's Services, but DCS is investigating the family.

"I mean it could be an honest mistake. It's a huge mistake, get some help yeah but put her in jail, it's hard to say", he added. There was also no operable air conditioning.

Cheeks was being held on Sunday in the Shelby County Jail.

Mrs Cheeks is due in court later on Monday.

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