Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Woman accused of driving children in kennels to be arraigned

Woman accused of driving children in kennels to be arraigned

Leimome Cheeks of Memphis, Tennessee, is behind bars after a video surfaced on Twitter shows her letting her children out of dog kennels after locking them in the trunk of her vehicle.

The children told police their grandmother had them sit in dog cages because there was no room in the back seat of her Ford Explore - adding there were no vents in the back of the vehicle to keep them cool.

Memphis police arrested 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks on two counts of child endangerment after a bystander recorded the children climbing out of the kennels on Saturday.

Cheeks told police that she placed the children in the kennels, but she made sure to check on them periodically.

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The temperature reached a high of 95 degrees Saturday in Memphis.

Authorities said the suspect admitted that she drove about 35 minutes - from Memphis to Collierville, Tenn. - with two children in dog kennels in the back.

Although they agree the behavior is disturbing, some neighbors say something may be wrong with Cheeks, whom they describe as a nice woman of faith.

The two kids are Cheeks' grandchildren, ABC News reported.

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Police said the children were OK after the incident.

The 62-year-old was being held Sunday at Shelby County Jail.

One neighbor told Local 24 it was "very sad because it feels like hell right here now, it's very hot". She checked on the kids regularly, she said in the arrest affidavit, according to the AP.

Cheeks appeared in court Monday morning.

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"I think she needs some help". The attention grew so rabid that the Memphis Police Department issued a statement on Facebook saying they had been contacted by many people since the video went viral on social media.

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