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62-year-old grandma, Leimome Cheeks, who was caught driving with her grandkids locked in dog cages appears in court charged with child endangerment

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Tennessee woman captured on video treating her grandchildren like canines appears in court charged with child endangerment
Leimome Cheeks, 62, was arrested on Sunday after video emerged of her releasing two of her grandkids from dog cages in the back of her SUV 
The grandmother admitted to cops that she put her seven- and nine-year-old grandkids in the dog kennels because she didn’t have room for them in the car
Cheeks was arraigned in court Monday, charged with charged with two counts of child endangerment
Cheeks told cops that she put the kids in the kennels because she had run out of space in the car for the for a 25-mile journey from her home in Whitehaven to Collierville

The kids it turned out were Leimome Cheeks’ grandchildren, the women caught on camera.
Cheeks, 62, was charged with two counts of child endangerment during her hearing Monday. She is due back in court again on July 9.
Before the hearing Cheeks sat outside the court room and turned down interview requests, according to the Commercial Appeal.
Leimome Cheeks was arrested on Sunday after video emerged of her releasing two of her grandkids from dog kennels in the back of her SUV.

Leimome Cheeks 6.JPGLemine Cheeks was caught on camera letting two of her grandkids out of dog kennels in the back of her car on Saturday. arrested Sunday, she was arraigned Monday ON child endangerment charges

Cheeks was charged with two counts of child endangerment on Monday. She’s seen above entering court on Monday.
She was also seen talking on the phone outside of the hearing in video captured byWMC Action News.
Cheeks was arrested on Sunday after video emerged showing her releasing two of her grandkids, ages seven and nine, from dog kennels stored in the back of her Ford Explorer.
A witness recorded the children being let out of the kennels outside of Elvis’ Graceland Mansion on Saturday, and the video quickly went viral.
After she was arrested a day later, Cheeks told cops that she put the kids in the kennels because she had run out of space in the car.
She said they were in the kennels for a 25-mile journey from her home in Whitehaven to Collierville.

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A witness recorded the children being let out of the kennels outside of Elvis’ Graceland Mansion on Saturday, and the video quickly went viral.  

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The children were questioned by police following their grandmother’s arrest. They told interviewers it was hot in the back of the SUV because there are no vents in the rear of the vehicle

The kids complained they were hot during the drive because there were no vents in the back of the vehicle.  They said Cheeks didn’t have air conditioning on and kept the windows closed on a day where temperatures were in the mid-90’s in the city.
Cheeks said that she also drove with the kids in the kennels downtown, but checked on them periodically. She said they were later allowed to ride in the backseat.
After being arrested on Sunday, Cheeks posted $100 bond.
Cheeks is charged with child endangerment that carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison if convicted.
The children at the center of the case are not in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services, but DCS is investigating the family.
Neighbors of Cheeks expressed their shock after learning about the incident.
Skylark Blake told the local news outlet  that Cheeks is ‘a nice lady’ and he ‘can’t see her doing that.’
Other residents called the grandma cheeks, who cares for two puppies, a woman of strong faith.

 

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