Woman arrested after driving with two children in pet kennels

Woman arrested after driving with two children in pet kennels

Woman arrested after driving with two children in pet kennels

A Memphis, Tennessee grandmother has been arrested after video surfaced (see below) of her transporting two young children in pet kennels inside her vehicle.

Leimome Cheeks, 62, was taken into custody after a passerby filmed the moment her two grandchildren crawled from the cramped cages in the trunk of her auto, local station WREG reported. Police said the back of the vehicle did not have any air vents, according to the Commercial Appeal.

The video went viral, and eventually led to the arrest of 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks, reported the Commercial Appeal.

"It's shocking, it really is".

Cheeks told police that she had indeed driven from the home in Whitehaven to Collierville with her grandchildren in the kennels but had checked on them during the drive, according to court records.

The children, ages seven and eight, were questioned by police following their grandmother's arrest. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", another of Cheeks' neighbors, Eugene Richmond, told the local station.

Police in Tennessee say a woman, identified as Leimome Cheeks, was charged after mobile phone video emerged of the incident.

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

A video showing one of the children climbing out of the kennel was passed onto police by a horrified neighbour. "Wow", neighbor Skylark Blake said. "It's a huge mistake, get some help yeah but put her in jail, it's hard to say", he added.

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

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