Woman arrested after driving with 2 children in pet kennels

The news station wrote that the two children told police they were hot in the kennels as there were no vents in the back of the auto, and temperatures soared to over 30 degrees celsius (86F). News outlets report 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks was charged with two counts of child endangerment.

The children were told to ride inside the kennel because there was no room inside the vehicle.

Neighbors of Cheeks expressed their shock after learning about the incident.

Other residents called the grandmother, who cares for two puppies, a woman of strong faith.

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Cheeks told police that she traveled with the children in the kennel from Collierville to Whitehaven because there was no room for them in the vehicle, Cleveland 19 News reports.

'Leimome Cheeks was interviewed and admitted to riding from Whitehaven to Collierville with the children in the kennel, ' read a police affidavit cited by Cleveland 19 News. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", one neighbour said.

A Memphis woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly placed her grandchildren in dog kennels during a auto trip across the state, police said.

"I think she needs some help". The concerned citizen who shot the video says that he recorded the video for evidence in case police didn't show up in time.

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Local 24 reporter, Annette Peagler went to Cheeks home and tried to get a comment from her family, but no one answered the door.

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

Children's Services and Memphis Police are investigating.

Cheeks is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.

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