Woman accused of driving children in kennels to be arraigned

Woman accused of driving children in kennels to be arraigned

Leimome Cheeks, 62, has been charged with two counts of child endangerment after she admitted driving around with her two grandchildren, seven and eight, in pet cages.

Leimone Cheeks, 62, was charged with two counts of child endangerment on Saturday, reported Local Memphis.

She allegedly told police that she would check on the children periodically and "later removed them from the kennel and put them in the rear seats of her vehicle", the affidavit read.

The temperature reached a high of 95 degrees Saturday in Memphis. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", one neighbor, Nikita Blake told WREG 3.

They say she's a woman of faith and they have always known her to be a very nice lady. She checked on the kids regularly, she said in the arrest affidavit, according to the AP.

The footage shows Cheeks open the cage for one of the children, seen wearing turquoise leggings and a blue T-shirt.

The video was filmed by a concerned citizen who said he to happened be in the right place at the right when he witnessed the unusual sight. Johnson said the children were not in the custody of the Department of Children's Services, but the staff is still "investigating the situation". "I couldn't see her actually doing that".

"I mean it could be an honest mistake". She is scheduled to appear Monday in court.

Police say that the children are okay.

Cheeks was being held Sunday afternoon in the Shelby County Jail.

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