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Woman accused of driving children in dog kennels

Posted at 8:18 AM, Jun 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-11 11:24:24-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee woman accused of driving her two young grandchildren around in pet kennels is scheduled to appear in court.

Leimome Cheeks is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on child endangerment charges.

A Memphis police affidavit says the children, ages 7 and 8, told officers there wasn't room inside Cheeks' vehicle Saturday, so she told them to get inside the kennels.

The Commercial Appeal newspaper obtained video appearing to show Cheeks, 62, letting a girl out of one of the kennels and closing the metal grate behind her.

There weren't air conditioning vents in the back of the vehicle, and the children told police they were hot. Temperatures reached about 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cheeks was released on $100 bond Sunday. The Associated Press attempted to talk to Cheeks by phone on Monday but was unable to reach her.