Woman drove with 2 children in pet kennels, arrested

Police in Memphis, Tennessee took a woman into custody after a viral video showed two children climbing out of dog kennels in the back of an SUV Saturday, police said.

According to Memphis police, Leimome Cheeks, 62, said there was no room inside her auto, so she told the seven and eight-year-olds to get inside the kennels. The kids reportedly told officials that it was hot in the back of the auto, according to Fox 13.

She was reportedly charged with two counts of child endangerment.

Neighbors tells us Cheeks just bought two puppies, which is why the kennels are in the back of her truck.

According to police, Cheeks said there was no room inside her vehicle, so she told the children - aged seven and eight - to get inside the kennels.

Officers saw that the children were no longer inside the kennels but were seated in the back seat, the affidavit said.

"I really can't see her doing that", she added.

Neighbors of Leimome Cheeks expressed shock, saying she was a 'very nice woman'. "She's such a nice lady", a neighbor told WREG-TV.

Police have launched an official investigation into the incident.

"I mean it could be an honest mistake".

The children are OK, according to police, but the same can't be said for Leimome Cheeks.

It's too early to know the details of the circumstances surrounding Cheeks and the children that were seen in the pet kennels, however further information is expected to be released by authorities soon.

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

Cheeks is scheduled to appear in court Monday, June 11.

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