Memphis woman arrested after driving around grandkids in dog kennels


The Tennessee grandmother was arrested this weekend after allegedly driving around the Memphis area on Saturday with two grandkids in dog kennels in the back of her Ford Explorer.

Leimome Cheeks, 62, was taken into custody after a passerby filmed the moment her two grandchildren crawled from the cramped cages in the trunk of her vehicle, local station WREG reported.

The kids told police that there was no air in the back of the vehicle, later moving them into the backseat.

Sixty-two-year-old Leimome Cheeks was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment, WREG reported.

"It's shocking, it really is", Blake told WATN.

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Neighbors were shocked at news of the incident and said that Cheeks had just bought two German Shepherd puppies, which is why the kennels were in her auto.

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

Cheeks is being charged with child endangerment, while police and Child Services continue their investigations.

Authorities responded to a call about a woman transporting children in dog kennels and, while investigating at a house in Whitehaven, Cheeks drove up to the home, according to an affidavit of complaint. "I couldn't see her actually doing that", said neighbor Skylarr Blake. "She's such a nice lady", a neighbor told WREG-TV.

He aded that the incident could have been an "honest mistake" and that the grandmother should "get help". Court records show an arraignment scheduled for Monday has been continued until July 9, when she will tell a judge if she has hired a lawyer of if the court will need to appoint one.