Grandma kept grandkids in dog kennels in hot auto: cops

Leimome Cheeks

Leimome Cheeks

Leimome Cheeks, 62, of Memphis, is charged with two counts of child endangerment, the Memphis Police Department said in a news release.

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

Video that circulated on Facebook and was given to police showed Cheeks letting one of the children out one of the pet kennels on Saturday, on a day in which temperatures reached 95 degrees.

The report also notes there were no air conditioning vents in the back of her SUV and that the children became hot.

Neighbors said Cheeks just bought two German Shepherd puppies that she would put in the kennels in the back of her truck.

Leimome Cheeks dog kennels
FACEBOOK BOILNG The kids were locked in the cages during a 35C heatwave

Cheeks said that she also drove with the kids in the kennels downtown, but checked on them periodically. That followed a 35-minute drive through the Memphis area, according to CBS affiliate WREG.

Neighbors of Cheeks expressed their shock after learning about the incident. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad". I only met her like once maybe twice.

The 62-year-old was being held Sunday at Shelby County Jail.

Strangely enough, there is little information available on the relations between Cheeks and the children, aged 7 and 8-years-old.

Although they agree the behavior is disturbing, some neighbors say something may be wrong with Cheeks, whom they describe as a nice woman of faith. She is scheduled to appear Monday in court.

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