Memphis woman seen letting young girl out of pet kennel

Watch: US woman arrested after children filmed in car in pet kennels

A Memphis, Tennessee grandmother has been arrested after video surfaced (see below) of her transporting two young children in pet kennels inside her vehicle.

There were no air conditioning vents in the back of the vehicle and the children told police they became hot.

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

A concerned citizen shot the video and forwarded it to the police.

The Tennessee grandmother who was caught driving with her grandkids in dog kennels in the back of her SUV appeared in court for the first time on Monday.

The video drew outrage online. The attention grew so rabid that the Memphis Police Department issued a statement on Facebook saying they had been contacted by many people since the video went viral on social media.

This past Saturday, a witness filmed Leimome Cheeks, 62, as she let her grandchildren out of the vehicle in the 3700 block of Elvis Presley Blvd.

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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.

According to USA news outlets, the children, aged seven and eight, told police they had to ride in the kennels as there was no room in their grandmother's Ford Explorer, but they were regularly checked on.

She is charged with child endangerment that carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison if convicted. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", one neighbor said.

"It's shocking, it really is", Blake told WATN. I couldn't see her actually doing that.

"I mean it could be an honest mistake. It's a huge mistake, get some help yeah but put her in jail, it's hard to say", he added.

Police said the children were 7 and 8 years old. Officers saw that the children were no longer inside the kennels but were seated in the back seat, the affidavit said.

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