Tennessee children caught on camera traveling in pet kennels, woman arrested

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

The viral video, which showed two kennels and another child by the auto, led to an investigation after the Memphis Police Department received a complaint, according to police documents seen by Reuters.

A witness recorded the children being let out of the kennels outside of Elvis' Graceland Mansion on Saturday, and the video quickly went viral.

The two children involved are now being questioned by the police, who told them that Mrs Cheeks claimed there was not enough space in the truck for them to sit safely.

Police say that the children are okay.

According to the affidavit, the children told police there was no room in the backseat so their grandmother told them to get inside of the dog cages.

Temperatures climbed well into the 90's in Memphis on Saturday and the children, aged 7 and 8, said the kennels grew quite hot.

Mrs Cheeks is due in court later on Monday. "Leimome Cheeks 62, was arrested and charged with two counts of Child Endangerment". Police said the vehicle was not air conditioned. I couldn't see her actually doing that. She checked on the kids regularly, she said in the arrest affidavit, according to the AP. She's such a nice lady.

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

It was unclear if she had obtained an attorney as of Monday morning.

He told WREG he hopes the video will motivate others to call authorities when they see wrong things happening.

Vanessa Coleman

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