Memphis woman arrested for transporting kids in pet kennels, police say

Jun 12, 2018, 03:21
Memphis woman arrested for transporting kids in pet kennels, police say

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.

The children, one seven and one eight- years-old also reportedly said that Cheeks claimed they couldn't sit inside the trucks because there wasn't enough room.

Leimome Cheeks 62, was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment, WREG reports.

The video was taken on Elvis Presley Boulevard near Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

Neighbors vouched for Cheeks and said they did not think she intentionally did anything wrong.

Neighbors of Leimome Cheeks expressed shock, saying she was a 'very nice woman'. She's such a nice lady.

The footage shows a young child casually climbing out of the trunk area of a Ford Explorer from a kennel.

Cheeks admitted to police that she kept the children in the cages while she was driving for about 35 minutes.

Once arrested a day later, Cheeks told cops that she put the kids in the kennels because she had run out of space in the vehicle.

"It's very sad. Because it feels like hell right here now, it's very hot", said Nikita Blake who is Cheeks neighbor.

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

"Despicable", Sonrisa Schweddy wrote on Memphis Police Department's Facebook announcement of Cheek's arrest.

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

Cheeks told police that she placed the children in the kennels, but she made sure to check on them periodically. There was also no operable air conditioning. The 62-year-old is out on bond and has a Monday morning court appearance.

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