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Gone Viral: Police arrest woman after video shows children emerging from pet kennels in car


Memphis police arrested a woman after video showed her letting two children out of pet kennels from the rear of her vehicle.

A Tennessee woman accused of driving her two young grandchildren around in pet kennels is scheduled to appear in court.

Leimome Cheeks 62, was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment, according to police officials.

The children were Cheeks’ grandchildren, according to the Associate Press. Cheeks is scheduled to appear in court today.

The police affidavit said Cheeks told officers there was no room inside the vehicle, so she told the children, ages 7 and 8, to get inside the pet kennels, according to the AP.

Video that circulated on Facebook and was given to police showed Cheeks letting one of the children out one of the pet kennels on Saturday, on a day in which temperatures reached 95 degrees. Police said the vehicle was not air conditioned.

Fox 13 Memphis interviewed one of Cheeks’ neighbors who said she thinks the grandmother didn’t have bad intentions.

“I don’t think she knew because she loves her grandkids,” Cowan told Fox 13. “They’re always outside playing with the dogs and stuff.”

Richard Tribou is a Senior Content Editor for the Community Conversations Team. He can be reached at rtribou@orlandosentinel.com [mailto:rtribou@orlandosentinel.com], 407-420-5134

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