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Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Cops: Tennessee Grandma Put Kids in Kennels in Trunk

Cops: Tennessee Grandma Put Kids in Kennels in Trunk

Tennessee's child services department said Monday that it's investigating a woman accused of driving her two young grandchildren around in pet kennels.

The children, ages 7 and 8, told police that they were placed in the cages because there wasn't enough room inside the vehicle, according to a charging affidavit obtained by ABC affiliate WATN.

Police noted that it was 95 degrees that day in Memphis and that there were no air vents in the back of the Ford Explorer.

Leimome Cheeks, 62, was taken into custody after a passerby filmed the moment her two grandchildren crawled from the cramped cages in the trunk of her auto, local station WREG reported.

Neighbors say she had just acquired two German Shepherd puppies and that's why the kennels were in the vehicle. "For them to be in the hot auto like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake said.

Cheeks admitted that she drove while the children were in the kennels from Whitehaven to Collierville, which is a 35-minute drive.

A witness recorded the children being let out of the kennels outside of Elvis' Graceland Mansion on Saturday, and the video quickly went viral. She's such a nice lady. "They're always outside playing with the dogs and stuff".

"I don't think she knew because she loves her grandkids", Cowan said. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", neighbor Eugene Richmond told WREG. Something is going on with her. She checked on the kids regularly, she said in the arrest affidavit, according to the AP.

Cheeks remained the the Shelby County Jail and is scheduled to see a judge Monday, Fox 13 reported.

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