Grandma arrested for driving with kids in dog kennels

Grandma arrested for driving with kids in dog kennels

A Tennessee woman is now behind bars after video shows two young children traveling in pet kennels inside her vehicle.

She told police she drove around locations in Memphis, Tennessee, with the children, aged seven and eight, in the kennels but made regular stops to check on them.

According to an affidavit, cell phone video from Saturday night shows Leimome Cheeks letting a child out of the kennel near the 3700 block Elvis Presley just before 8 p.m.

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

The temperature reached a high of 95 degrees Saturday in Memphis. Jail records didn't indicate whether Cheeks has an attorney who can comment on the charges.

According to the eyewitness, the suspect got out of the auto and opened the trunk, where she kept two dog kennels.

"Join the FedEx Enterprise Awards Center in congratulating Leimome on her 35th year of FedEx Service, 2/14/2014". She checked on the kids regularly, she said in the arrest affidavit, according to the AP.

They children also complained hat they were hot and cramped in the kennel, according to WREG. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake told WREG. "Wow", neighbor Skylark Blake said. Two neighbors told WMC Cheeks was a "super good neighbor". The motorist was mortified when he saw two small children climbing out of the cages.

Another source, Eugene Richmond said, "I think she needs some help".

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