A grandma in Tennessee was arrested after a video of her allegedly transporting kids in pet kennels in the back of a Ford Explorer went viral.
Leimome Cheeks, 62, was arrested on Saturday and charged with two counts of child endangerment. Officials released her from jail on bond on Sunday, according to WHQB-TV in Memphis. Memphis Police said the children were seven and eight years old, and the kids told cops it was really hot in the back of the truck. The temperature in Memphis on Saturday got up to 95 degrees.
The two kids are Cheeks' grandchildren, ABC News reported.
Cheeks told police she put the kids in the kennels because there wasn't space in her SUV. She checked on the kids regularly, she said in the arrest affidavit, according to the AP. She drove from a suburb called Collierville to the downtown Memphis area - a roughly 40 minute drive.
Police arrested Cheeks after a bystander took the video and sent it to them, according to ABC News. The bystander asked to remain anonymous.
Camillia Cowan, who said she was Cheeks' neighbor, according to WHBQ, was deeply troubled when she saw the video online.
“When I saw her face on Facebook," she said, "I was like, wait a minute, that looks like my neighbor across the street."
Cowan said she didn't think that Cheeks knew she was doing something wrong.
“I don’t think she knew because she loves her grandkids,” Cowan said. “They’re always outside playing with the dogs and stuff.”
On Monday, Tennessee's child services department told the AP it's looking into the incident. A spokesperson said the kids were not in the organization's custody, but that they are still "investigating the situation."
[Photo: Memphis Police Department]