Memphis grandmother busted transporting kids in dog kennels in hot auto

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A Memphis, Tennessee woman was charged with child endangerment after video of her confining her grandkids to pet kennels surfaced on social media over the weekend.

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.

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 vehicle.

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Officers saw that the children were no longer inside the kennels but were seated in the back seat, the affidavit said. I only met her like once maybe twice.

Skylark Blake told the local news outlet that Cheeks is "a nice lady" and he 'can't see her doing that'. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake told WREG.

"Despicable", Sonrisa Schweddy wrote on Memphis Police Department's Facebook announcement of Cheek's arrest.

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People convicted of child endangerment charges are typically sentenced to between one and 10 years in jail, depending on the seriousness of the case. A phone listing for Cheeks rang unanswered Monday. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake said.

He aded that the incident could have been an "honest mistake" and that the grandmother should "get help".

The disturbing footage shows 62 year-old Leimone Cheeks opening the grate to a dog kennel that was in the trunk of her vehicle.

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They said Cheeks didn't have air conditioning on and kept the windows closed.

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