Tennessee woman arrested for driving with kids in dog kennel

  • Tennessee woman arrested for driving with kids in dog kennel

Tennessee woman arrested for driving with kids in dog kennel

After the video hit the web, police announced on Facebook that they had arrested 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks and charged her with two counts of child endangerment.

"Many have inquired about a viral video from Saturday that shows two children being transported in pet kennels", the department said.

Charged with two counts of child endangerment was 62 year old woman, Leimome Cheeks. "For them to be in the hot auto like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake told WREG.

It was not immediately clear if the children were held in one or two kennels. The unidentified children told officers they were very hot in the kennels because there was no ventilation in the back of the vehicle to keep them cool.

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

Police said the children were OK after the incident.

Leimome Cheeks dog kennels
FACEBOOK BOILNG The kids were locked in the cages during a 35C heatwave

Children's Services and Memphis Police are investigating.

Temperatures in the area reached around 35°C.

"I'm still shocked", neighbor Skylarr Blake also said, describing Cheeks as "such a nice lady". "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad".

In the video, a child is seen climbing out of the trunk of the vehicle from the kennel. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", one neighbor said. I only met her like once maybe twice.

Cheeks told police that she placed the children in the kennels, but she made sure to check on them periodically.

Before the hearing, Cheeks sat outside the court room and turned down interview requests, according to the Commercial Appeal. Cheeks was arrested on Saturday and posted bond on Sunday, WREG reported.