Woman charged after allegedly putting children in pet kennels

Woman arrested after video shows her letting young girl out of pet kennel in back of SUV	 	 	 			Leimome Cheeks

Woman arrested after video shows her letting young girl out of pet kennel in back of SUV Leimome Cheeks

A woman was arrested after a video was shared online showing two children getting out of pet kennels Saturday (June 09) evening, Memphis Police said. "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 her vehicle".

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

Police in Tennessee say a woman, identified as Leimome Cheeks, was charged after mobile phone video emerged of the incident.

"Many have inquired about a viral video from Saturday that shows two children being transported in pet kennels", the department said.

The issues of child abuse and endangerment have been at the forefront of the public awareness ever since 13 children were discovered shackled and held captive in a Perris, California, home last January.

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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.

"It's shocking, it really is".

Local 24 reporter, Annette Peagler went to Cheeks home and tried to get a comment from her family, but no one answered the door. Neighbors are shocked. They say Leimome Cheeks is a very nice woman and they can't believe she did something like this.

"I think she needs some help". I couldn't see her actually doing that.

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

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