A Memphis woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly placed her grandchildren in dog kennels during a car trip across the state, police said.
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.
Cheeks was taken into police custody after a concerned witness shot video of her on Saturday as she opened the trunk of her Ford Explorer and released the children from the kennels. The bystander, who asked to remain anonymous, sent the video to Memphis Police.
The children, ages 7 and 8, told police that they were placed in the cages because there wasn’t enough room inside the vehicle, according to a charging affidavit obtained by ABC affiliate WATN.
She was arrested on two counts of child endangerment and was later released on bond. WATN said it attempted to contact Cheeks at her home over the weekend, but no one answered the door.
Police said the children were OK after the incident. Cheeks is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.