Tennessee probing woman accused of driving kids in kennels

Geraldine Edwards
June 12, 2018

A USA woman has been arrested after a video emerged of her travelling with her two young children in pet kennels in Memphis.

The Memphis police affidavit told of the grandmother claiming there was no room inside her vehicle Saturday, instead telling the children to get inside the kennels.

This past Saturday, a witness filmed Leimome Cheeks, 62, as she let her grandchildren out of the auto in the 3700 block of Elvis Presley Blvd.

She said they were in the kennels for a 25-mile journey from her home in Whitehaven to Collierville. That followed a 35-minute drive through the Memphis area, according to CBS affiliate WREG.

Cheeks said that she also drove with the kids in the kennels downtown, but checked on them periodically.

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

The children told police there wasn't much air in the kennels and they were very hot.

Officers saw that the children were no longer inside the kennels but were seated in the back seat, the affidavit said. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", neighbor Eugene Richmond said.

The citizen, who does not want to be identified, sent the video to Memphis Police.

"I mean it could be an honest mistake".

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Cheeks is being charged with child endangerment, while police and Child Services continue their investigations.

Police say the children are okay. "Wow", neighbor Skylark Blake said.

The Tennessee grandmother who was caught driving with her grandkids in dog kennels in the back of her SUV appeared in court for the first time on Monday.

Ms Cheeks was being held in the Shelby County Jail.

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