Woman charged after allegedly putting children in pet kennels


A woman in Tennessee was charged with transporting two young children in dog kennels inside her SUV, according to police.

It is alleged that Leimome Cheeks, 62, put the children in the cages because there wasn't enough room in her SUV.

Arresting officers noted there being no air conditioning vents in the back of the vehicle with the children telling police they became hot.

Temperatures in Memphis, Tennessee, reached up to 33 degrees on Saturday. "I couldn't see her actually doing that", said neighbor Skylarr Blake.

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

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

The video was filmed by a concerned citizen who said he to happened be in the right place at the right when he witnessed the unusual sight. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", neighbor Eugene Richmond said.

Mrs Cheeks neighbours' expressed their horror at the incident, with residents calling the grandmother a woman of strong faith.

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Cheeks is being charged with child endangerment, while police and Child Services continue their investigations.

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

State child welfare officials are "now involved and investigating", a spokesman told the Appeal. The 62-year-old is out on bond and has a Monday morning court appearance.

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