Memphis woman seen letting young girl out of pet kennel


A Tennessee woman is now behind bars after video shows two young children traveling in pet kennels inside her vehicle.

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

The man later informed the Memphis Police Department, which then led to the arrest Cheeks, who is the grandmother of the two children.

Leimome Cheeks, 62, allegedly placed her two grandchildren in kennels and drove them around for at least 40 minutes in temperatures as high as 95 degrees, according to police.

The Memphis police affidavit told of the grandmother claiming there was no room inside her vehicle Saturday, instead telling the children to get inside the kennels.

The viral video, which showed two kennels and another child by the vehicle, led to an investigation after the Memphis Police Department received a complaint, according to police documents seen by Reuters. Another neighbor told Fox 13 Cheeks "loves her grandkids" and that they were "always outside playing with the dogs and stuff".

Leimome Cheeks
Leimome Cheeks

The video was filmed by a concerned citizen who passed by.

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

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

The report also notes there were no air conditioning vents in the back of her SUV and that the children became hot.

Skylark Blake, one of Cheeks' neighbors said the incident was not typical of something Cheeks would do. The 62-year-old is out on bond and has a Monday morning court appearance.

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