Memphis woman arrested for transporting kids in pet kennels, police say

A Tennessee woman is now behind bars after video shows two young children traveling in pet kennels inside her vehicle.

According to Memphis Police, investigators identified the woman as Leimome Cheeks, 62.

A concerned citizen shot the video and forwarded it to the police.

Cheeks was arrested on Sunday after video emerged showing her releasing two of her grandkids, ages seven and nine, from dog kennels stored in the back of her Ford Explorer.

At the time of her arrest, Cheeks of Whitehaven admitted driving several miles with the children, aged 7 and 8 years old inside the dog kennels.

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 vehicle.

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.

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Cheeks is expected to appear in court Monday at 9 a.m.

She said they were in the kennels for a 25-mile journey from her home in Whitehaven to Collierville.

"I'm just so sad for the babies.

If she did that, then that's out of character for her", another of Cheeks' neighbors, Eugene Richmond, told the local station.

Police say that the children are okay.

Cowan recently bought two German Shepard puppies, neighbors told WREG.

Skylark Blake, one of Cheeks' neighbors said the incident was not typical of something Cheeks would do. "It's a huge mistake, get some help yeah but put her in jail, it's hard to say", Skylarr Blake said. She said they were later allowed to ride in the backseat.

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