Police in Memphis, Tennessee, arrested a woman for putting her grandchildren in dog kennels and driving them around.
Leimome Cheeks, 62, was arrested on June 9 and charged with two counts of child endangerment, the Memphis Police Department said.
Police claim Cheeks admitted to putting her two grandchildren, ages 7 and 8, in dog kennels in the back of her Ford Explorer and driving the 30 miles from Whitehaven to Collierville, WREG reported.
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Police reported that Cheeks told the children to get in the kennels because there wasn’t any room in the cab of her Ford Explorer, Cleveland 19 reported.
A motorist captured video of Cheeks letting her granddaughter out of a kennel on Elvis Presley Boulevard near the Graceland mansion in Whitehaven.
Both children told the police that it was very hot in the kennels. Temperatures hit 95 degrees that day.
According to Fox News, Cheeks told the police that she checked on the children periodically and later put them in the back seat.
Cheeks had recently bought a pair of puppies, her neighbors said, which is why she had the kennels in her truck.
“I’m still shocked. I really can’t see her doing that. She’s such a nice lady. Wow,” neighbor Skylarr Blake told WREG.
Two other neighbors, Eugene and Melanie Richmond, told Cleveland 19 that Cheeks was a “super good neighbor. A real caring person.”
However, Eugene Richmond added, “I think she needs some help. Something is going on with her. If she did that, then that’s out of character for her.”
Cheeks faces as much as 12 years in jail.
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