USA woman arrested after children filmed in auto in pet kennels

A woman in Tennessee was charged with transporting two young children in dog kennels inside her SUV, according to police.

According to a police affidavit, the children-aged seven and eight-said there was no room left in the vehicle, so they were told to sit inside the kennels.

Leimome Cheeks, 62, was charged with two counts of child endangerment after allegedly locking the two girls inside a pair of pet kennels.

A passerby driving through Memphis Saturday afternoon was so disturbed by what he saw happening on Elvis Presley Blvd. that he pulled out a camera and began filming. Neighbors are shocked. They say Leimome Cheeks is a very nice woman and they can't believe she did something like this.

The temperature reached a high of 95 degrees Saturday in Memphis.

Cowan recently bought two German Shepard puppies, neighbors told WREG.

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The children told police that there was no room in the vehicle so their grandmother instructed them to get in the kennels.

People convicted of child endangerment charges are typically sentenced to between one and 10 years in jail, depending on the seriousness of the case.

According to her Facebook and LinkedIn pages, Cheeks was a Senior Technical Analyst at FedEx for 18 years. "For them to be in the hot auto like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake said.

The man who filmed the incident told WREG he's happy he was in the right place at the right time.

Police are continuing to investigate.

Cheeks admitted that she drove the children in the kennels from Whitehaven to Collierville, which is a 35-minute ride. There was also no operable air conditioning.

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