Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Woman who drove with grandchildren in dog kennels appears in court

Woman drives children in cages as ‘no room in car,’ gets charged after VIDEO goes viral Muhammad Hamed Reuters
Deanna Wagner | 13 June, 2018, 08:15

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

A police report said that the children said they were told to get into the kennels because there wasn't enough room for them to sit in the main part of the vehicle.

Leimome Cheeks has been arrested and charged on two counts of child endangerment following the shocking incident, that took place on Saturday evening close to Elvis Presley's famous Graceland mansion.

The children, ages 8 and 9, told police the kennels were very hot Saturday. That followed a 35-minute drive through the Memphis area, according to CBS affiliate WREG.

In the video, a child is seen climbing out of the trunk of the vehicle from the kennel, according to Cleveland 19 News.

Cheeks' neighbor, Camilla Cowan, says she was shocked to see the video on Facebook but thinks Cheeks didn't realize she was doing anything wrong. She's such a nice lady. They also said Cheeks was a church-going woman.

Leimome Cheeks
Leimome Cheeks

The bystander, who asked to remain anonymous, sent the video to Memphis Police. Police said the vehicle was not air conditioned.

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

The white supremacist female who appeared in the viral video where she had two Black children in dog cages, has been identified as Leimome Cheeks of Memphis, TN. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her".

During Cheeks arraignment Monday, the case was continued.

An investigation has been launched by Children Services and Memphis Police.

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