Woman arrested for transporting children in pet kennels

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

According to the affidavit, the children told police there was no room in the backseat, so their grandmother told them to get inside the dog cages.

WMC reported that Leimome Cheeks, 62, of Memphis, was charged with two counts of child endangerment, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison if convicted.

Cheeks told police that she placed the children in the kennels, but she made sure to check on them periodically. Temperatures in the area reached about 35 degrees Celsius.

"I'm just so sad for the babies", neighbor Nikita Blake told local station WREG. She seems like a nice lady.

She said they were in the kennels for a 25-mile journey from her home in Whitehaven to Collierville.

A concerned citizen shot the video and forwarded it to the police.

According to her Facebook and LinkedIn pages, Cheeks was a Senior Technical Analyst at FedEx for 18 years.

The website NoHeatStroke.org says 754 children have died after being left in hot cars since 1998.

Police say that the children are okay. "I couldn't see her actually doing that".

Another police document said Cheeks verbally admitted to the incident before paying to be released from jail.

A grandmother has appeared in court charged with child endangerment after two children were seen climbing out of kennels in the back of a vehicle.

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

During Cheeks arraignment Monday, the case was continued.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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