Woman Arrested For Transporting Children In Dog Kennels

Leroy Wright
June 11, 2018

Police in Tennessee say a woman has been charged with transporting two young children in pet kennels inside her vehicle.

Leimome Cheeks 62, was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment.

She told them to sit in the kennels, usually occupied by her two puppies, for the 25 mile journey because there was no room in the back of the vehicle.

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.

A Tennessee grandmother was caught allegedly transporting her grandchildren in dog kennels in the trunk of her auto is now in the dog house. There was no air conditioning in the back of the auto, while temperatures in the area reached about 95 degrees. I couldn't see her actually doing that.

The footage shows Cheeks open the cage for one of the children, seen wearing turquoise leggings and a blue T-shirt.

The citizen, who does not want to be identified, sent the video to Memphis Police.

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"I think she needs some help".

The issues of child abuse and endangerment have been at the forefront of the public awareness ever since 13 children were discovered shackled and held captive in a Perris, California, home last January.

"I mean it could be an honest mistake".

With temperatures reaching the 95-degree mark, the 7 and 8-year-old told officers they were hot since there were no vents in the back of the vehicle.

Police say the children are okay.

Cheeks was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning.

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