Cops: Tennessee Grandma Put Kids in Kennels in Trunk

Cops: Tennessee Grandma Put Kids in Kennels in Trunk

Cops: Tennessee Grandma Put Kids in Kennels in Trunk

Leimome Cheeks of Memphis, Tennessee, is behind bars after a video surfaced on Twitter shows her letting her children out of dog kennels after locking them in the trunk of her auto.

Leimome Cheeks was apprehended by police after the children were spotted on Elvis Presley Boulevard, in Memphis, yesterday afternoon, Fox 17 News reports. "For them to be in the hot auto like that in cages is sad", one neighbor, Nikita Blake told WREG 3.

The footage shows a young child casually climbing out of the trunk area of a Ford Explorer from a kennel.

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Leimome Cheeks, 62, allegedly placed her two grandchildren in kennels and drove them around for at least 40 minutes in temperatures as high as 95 degrees, according to police.

They also said they were hot during the drive while enclosed in the dog kennels, complaining their grandmother did not switch on air conditioning and kept the windows of the vehicle shut. Police said the back of the auto did not have any air vents, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Neighbors were shocked at news of the incident and said that Cheeks had just bought two German Shepherd puppies, which is why the kennels were in her auto. The Memphis Police Department even posted about the case on its Facebook page Sunday to confirm her arrest. "I couldn't see her actually doing that", said neighbor Skylarr Blake.

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Cheeks said that she checked on the children periodically and they were later let into the back of the vehicle.

The website says 754 children have died after being left in hot cars since 1998. "It's a huge mistake, get some help yeah but put her in jail, it's hard to say", Blake said.

Cheeks is expected to appear in court Monday morning.

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Neighbours told the station that Cheeks had recently purchased two German Shepherd puppies and the kennels were meant for them.

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