Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Woman drove with 2 children in pet kennels, arrested

Woman drove with 2 children in pet kennels, arrested

According to Memphis police, Leimome Cheeks, 62, said there was no room inside her vehicle, so she told the seven and eight-year-olds to get inside the kennels.

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.

Leimome Cheeks, 62, was filmed letting her grandchildren out of the pet kennels. 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.

Shelby County deputies arrested a 62-year-old woman on Saturday after disturbing footage emerged on social media.

The kids told investigators they were put in the kennels because there was no room inside the vehicle.

She also drove to downtown Memphis, telling police she made stops to check on them periodically.

The kennels apparently belonged to Cheeks' two puppies, neighbors reported.

"I'm still shocked. I really can't see her doing that".

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Camilla Cowan, Cheeks' next-door neighbor declared that the Tennessee grandmother saw nothing wrong with locking the children inside the hot trunk.

One neighbor told Local 24 it was "very sad because it feels like hell right here now, it's very hot".

The children were 7 and 8-years-old, according to Cleveland 19 News.

They said Cheeks didn't have air conditioning on and kept the windows closed.

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

The issues of child abuse and endangerment have been at the forefront of the public awareness ever since 13 children were discovered shackled and held captive in a Perris, California, home last January.

Cheeks was arraigned Monday and is due back in court on July 9.

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