TN woman accused of driving children in kennels to be arraigned

A Memphis woman has been arrested and charged for two counts of child endangerment, after she was filmed transporting two children in dog kennels, reported CBS news.

Leimome Cheeks, 62, was seen in a viral video over the weekend letting two young children out of cages in the back of an SUV.

A passerby driving through Memphis Saturday afternoon was so disturbed by what he saw happening on Elvis Presley Blvd. that he pulled out a camera and began filming.

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

According to authorities, there was no air conditioning in the back of the auto where the kids sat, and the children told police they were hot inside the kennels.

Police in Tennessee say a woman, identified as Leimome Cheeks, was charged after mobile phone video emerged of the incident. "For them to be in the hot auto like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake said.

Neighbors are trying to piece together the thought behind the woman's actions. The concerned citizen who shot the video says that he recorded the video for evidence in case police didn't show up in time. She's such a nice lady, " neighbor Skylark Blake said.

Neighbors were shocked at news of the incident and said that Cheeks had just bought two German Shepherd puppies, which is why the kennels were in her auto. Two neighbors told WMC Cheeks was a "super good neighbor". Something is going on with her.

WREG tried reaching the family for comment, but have not heard back.

Cheeks is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.

Vanessa Coleman

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