A Memphis woman was arrested after appearing in a video showing her releasing two Black children from dog crates.
Leimome Cheeks 62, was a video was charged with two counts of child endangerment after admitting to transporting her two grandchildren, ages 7 and 8, in kennels. The dog kennels were in the back of her and the kids were kept inside for a 35-minute on a hot day, reported WREG.
The video was recorded by a local witness who wanted proof in the event that police never arrived.
According to the arrest affidavit, the children told Memphis police they were instructed to get in the dog cages because there was no room for them to sit in the back seat.
Neighbors of Cheeks have spoken to local news outlets about the bizarre and abusive treatment.
"I'm just so sad for the babies. For them to be in the hot car like that in cages is sad," neighbor Nikita Blake told WREG.
On the day the video was recorded, temperatures in Memphis reached 95 degrees. The unidentified children told officers they were very hot in the kennels because there was no ventilation in the back of the car to keep them cool.
According to neighbors, Cheeks just bought two German Shepherd puppies, which is why the kennels are in the back of her truck.
Although they agree the behavior is disturbing, some neighbors say something may be wrong with Cheeks, whom they describe as a nice woman of faith.
"I think she needs some help. Something is going on with her. If she did that, then that's out of character for her," neighbor Eugene Richmond told WREG.
Cheeks was arraigned Monday and is due back in court on July 9.
(Photo: Memphis Police Department)