Woman Caught Driving In Tennessee With Kids In Pet Kennels

Leimome Cheeks

She told the children to get in the kennels because there wasn't any room left in the Ford Explorer, according to a police report.

The video went viral, and eventually led to the arrest of 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks, reported the Commercial Appeal.

She told police there had been no room in the vehicle earlier and so she told the children to "get in the dog kennels", according to the Commercial Appeal, though she said she checked on the children "periodically".

"Cheeks further advised they also drove downtown, however she checked on the children periodically and later removed them from the kennel and put them in the rear seats of the vehicle". Temperatures reached about 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius).

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

According to neighbors, Cheeks just bought two German Shepherd puppies, which is why the kennels are in the back of her truck.

The video was recorded by a local witness who wanted proof in the event that police never arrived. She said they were later allowed to ride in the backseat.

"I really can't see her doing that", she added.

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Skylark Blake, one of Cheeks' neighbors said the incident was not typical of something Cheeks would do. Police said the back of the auto did not have any air vents, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Cheeks is expected to appear in court Monday at 9 a.m.

Cheeks was being held on Sunday in the Shelby County Jail.

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