Grandmother arrested after transporting children inside dog kennels in the back of her SUV
The 62-year-old woman, who the neighbors called a 'nice lady', was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment
A grandmother was arrested on Saturday after a video of her taking two children out of pet kennels in the 3700 block of Elvis Presley Blvd was shared online, according to Memphis Police.
The 62-year-old woman, Leimome Cheeks, was reportedly charged with two counts of child endangerment. The video of the incident was taken by a concerned passerby who saw the children coming out of dog kennels and captured it on his phone camera and later shared it on social media.
Local news channel WREG reported that according to the affidavit, the children told police that there was no space on the backseat of the vehicle so their grandmother asked them to get inside the dog cages for the rest of the ride.
Memphis woman Leimome Cheeks is behind bars after a video shows a child climbing out of the trunk of the vehicle from the pet kennel.— 🇺🇸 Trump Russia™🇷🇺 (@TrumpEra_2017) June 11, 2018
Cheeks told police that she traveled with children in the kennel from Collierville 2 Whitehaven because there was no room 4 them in the car. pic.twitter.com/kpedLrajSG
The woman admitted to driving from Whitehaven to Collierville while the children were inside the kennels. Reports state that the children were inside the cage for nearly 35 minutes.
Their neighbor Nikita Blake, while talking to WREG, said: "I'm just so sad for the babies. For them to be in the hot car like that in cages is sad."
The children — a seven-year-old and an eight-year-old — reportedly told the officers that they felt very hot inside the kennels as there were no vents in the back to keep them cool. The temperature in the area reached 95 degree on Saturday.
The woman's neighbors, however, are still trying to understand what led the woman to put the children in the kennels because they thought she was a nice lady.
Neighbor Skylarr Blake said: "I'm still shocked. I really can't see her doing that. She's such a nice lady. Wow."
The kennels are still in the back of the truck. Neighbors are shocked. They say Leimome Cheeks is a very nice woman and they can’t believe she did something like this. @3onyourside pic.twitter.com/Q8Mi33iguo— Symone Woolridge (@SymoneTV) June 10, 2018
Cheeks' neighbors told WREG that she had recently bought two German Shepherd puppies and that is why the kennels were there in the back of the vehicle. They also added that Cheeks was a woman of faith and they have always thought of her as a nice lady.
Another neighbor, Eugene Richmond, said: "I think she needs some help. Something is going on with her. If she did that, then that's out of character for her." Reports state that Cheeks is scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning.
Twitter reacted strongly to the news with many users calling the woman a white supremacist:
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. She has been arrested for child endangerment. We need to find out where these children are so we can financially help pic.twitter.com/AkSkxSBeZZ— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) June 10, 2018
Disgusting white supremacist #leimomecheeks actually had these kids in kennels like bloody dogs? Starting 2 think the foster system in America is becoming a slavery system when it comes 2 blacks. Still thinking about the brutal mass murder @ the hands of Jennifer & #SarahHart https://t.co/Do3NH2Czhk— Mas_G (@Mas_G_Radio) June 11, 2018
Most likely new foster homes RT @tariqnasheed white supremacist female who appeared in viral video where she had two Black children in dog cages identified as Leimome Cheeks of Memphis, TN has been arrested for child endangerment. We need to find out where pic.twitter.com/28rG5vvCuo— bks0ulstarr (@bks0ulstarr) June 10, 2018