Woman faces judge after arrest for transporting children in dog kennels

A Memphis, Tennessee woman was charged with child endangerment after video of her confining her grandkids to pet kennels surfaced on social media over the weekend.

A police report said that the children said they were told to get into the kennels because there wasn't enough room for them to sit in the main part of the vehicle.

It was 95 degrees Fahrenheit in Memphis that day, and the SUV had no vents in the area where the kennels were placed, according to the affidavit.

Neighbors said Cheeks just bought two German Shepherd puppies that she would put in the kennels in the back of her truck.

Fox 13 Memphis interviewed one of Cheeks' neighbors who said she thinks the grandmother didn't have bad intentions. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", one neighbour said.

Her neighbors in Whitehaven say they haven't seen her since her face showed up in the video.

Cheeks allegedly confessed to authorities that she did indeed drive the children, only 7 and 8-years-old, on the trip which took approximately 35 minutes.

The children were Cheeks' grandchildren, according to the Associate Press. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", another of Cheeks' neighbors, Eugene Richmond, told the local station. She seems like a nice lady. Although she's since been released on bond, she's due to appear in court this week.

The video was filmed by a concerned citizen who was passing by. "They're always outside playing with the dogs and stuff".

Cheeks said that she also drove with the kids in the kennels downtown, but checked on them periodically.

Vanessa Coleman

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