Monday, 17 December, 2018

Woman arrested for transporting children in pet kennels, police say

Watch: US woman arrested after children filmed in car in pet kennels Leimome Cheeks: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Kenny Thornton | 14 June, 2018, 00:06

Leimome Cheeks, 62, was charged with two counts of child endangerment after a bystander recorded her unlatching two grandchildren from pet kennels.

She told police there had been no room in the vehicle earlier and so she told the children to "get in the dog kennels", according to the Commercial Appeal, though she said she checked on the children "periodically".

Temperatures reached almost 95 degrees in Memphis and the children, ages 7 and 8, told police that the kennels were very hot. And indeed, it was around 95 degrees on the day that the children were seen in the pet kennels.

Cheeks was released Sunday on a $100-dollar bond.

According to a filed statement by the police, the children were told to get into the Kennels because of inadequate space in the vehicle. That followed a 35-minute drive through the Memphis area, according to CBS affiliate WREG. Cheek's longtime neighbors never saw this coming.

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

In the video, a child is seen climbing out of the trunk of the vehicle from the kennel.

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Mrs Cheeks neighbours' expressed their horror at the incident, with residents calling the grandmother a woman of strong faith.

Police say that the children are okay.

The children were Cheeks' grandchildren, according to the Associate Press. She has been arrested for child endangerment.

The attention grew so rabid that the Memphis Police Department issued a statement on Facebook saying they had been contacted by many people since the video went viral on social media.

Cheeks is scheduled to appear before a judge on Monday, June 11th.

Another source, Eugene Richmond said, "I think she needs some help".

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