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Woman arrested after two children traveled in pet kennels in auto

Woman arrested after two children traveled in pet kennels in auto

Cheeks, 62 has been charged with two counts of child endangerment.

They said she admitted to driving from Whitehaven to Collierville with her two grandchildren who sat in kennels in the back of her truck, reports CBS affiliate WREG-TV of Memphis.

The children, ages 7 and 8, told police that they were placed in the cages because there wasn't enough room inside the vehicle, according to a charging affidavit obtained by ABC affiliate WATN.

Neighbours told the station that Cheeks had recently purchased two German Shepherd puppies and the kennels were meant for them. "I couldn't see her actually doing that", said neighbor Skylarr Blake. Neighbors are shocked. They say Leimome Cheeks is a very nice woman and they can't believe she did something like this.

"There were no air conditioning vents in the back of the vehicle and the children became hot".

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The video was filmed by a concerned citizen who said he to happened be in the right place at the right when he witnessed the unusual sight.

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.

"I think she needs some help. For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake said.

The woman is being charged with two counts of child endangerment, according to Cleveland 19.

An investigation has been launched by Children Services and Memphis Police. Their grandmother is scheduled to be in court Monday morning at 9 a.m.


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