Woman drove 2 children in pet kennels in Tennessee

Woman drove 2 children in pet kennels in Tennessee

The woman in the video was identified as the children's grandmother, 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks, who was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment in the case, Memphis Police Department announced.

Cheeks allegedly admitted to putting the children in kennels but told police she "made sure to check on them periodically", according to ABC News.

Leimome Cheeks, 62, was charged with two counts of child endangerment. Temperatures in the area reached about 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

The woman is being held at the Shelby County Jail.

According to a filed statement by the police, the children were told to get into the Kennels because of inadequate space in the vehicle. She also mentioned that the woman loves her grandchildren and that she would never harm them. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", neighbor Eugene Richmond said. She's such a nice lady.

A witness recorded the children being let out of the kennels outside of Elvis' Graceland Mansion on Saturday, and the video quickly went viral.

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They children also complained hat they were hot and cramped in the kennel, according to WREG.

Neighbors are trying to piece together the thought behind her actions. Police said the vehicle was not air conditioned.

State child welfare officials are "now involved and investigating", a spokesman told the Appeal.

The website NoHeatStroke.org says 754 children have died after being left in hot cars since 1998.

"When I saw her face on Facebook", she said, "I was like, wait a minute, that looks like my neighbor across the street". She posted bond on Sunday and was set to appear at court today (June 11). iI convicted, she faces up to 12 years.

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