A woman in Memphis, Tennessee was caught on video releasing her grandchildren out of dog kennels in the back of an SUV. Leimome Cheeks, 62, was later charged with two counts of child endangerment after a stranger happened to catch the scene as they passed by.
Police reports say that the two children–a 7-year-old and an 8-year-old–were kept in the kennels as Cheeks drove around town with temperatures reached above 95 degrees inside the Ford Explorer.
According to the report Cheeks claims there wasn’t room in the car so she told the children to get in the kennels. Cheeks posted the $100 bond and is expected back in court on Monday. Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services is now involved and investigating the situation.
You can watch the disturbing video below:
— ABC News (@ABC) June 11, 2018
UPDATE: The woman accused of transporting young children in kennels has bonded out of jail & her hearing has been continued: https://t.co/S4A136cUxZ
— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) June 11, 2018
A Tennessee woman accused of driving her two young grandchildren around in pet kennels is scheduled to be arraigned today. https://t.co/egwXPjPFT9
— AP South U.S. Region (@APSouthRegion) June 11, 2018
As you can imagine, most people found the video incredibly disturbing.
Bring those babies to me!! I xant stand seeing this crap. My mommy heart just breaks and all i want to do is just hug those little so tight. How can anyone do this to such precious little gems?
— Bettina (@bettinamhornsby) June 11, 2018
Some people should be neutered!
— Stace’ (@petresqr) June 11, 2018
The parent (other woman) need to be charged too. Take those kids away. Unacceptable!
— Prince Sylvester Veal Jr. (@SylvesterMind) June 12, 2018
People were also not buying the “no room” excuse.
Not room inside the car so she put them in kennels? Why not just take out the kennels!
— Leigh Crosby (@teaandmagnolias) June 12, 2018
So the kids say they were put in there because there was not enough room in the car….. maybe if she took the damn kennels out there would’ve been enough room!!
— mary (@mzmary_bosslady) June 11, 2018
But shockingly there were people willing to make excuses.
Those kids probably wanted to ride back there. They don't “appear” hurt, I'm sure A/C was on during ride. And they won't have “psychological” damage until y'all tell'em they should. This may be an innocent move. #ChillPeople and find out all the #facts!
— DearionLynn is ONE☝ (@LynnDearion) June 12, 2018
She didn’t have enough room in her car. The kids sat in the dog crates. They agreed to do it. They weren’t forced or tortured. And now this woman is in trouble. The stupidity of people saying those kids will be psychologically scarred is amazing!
— Maureen O'Connor (@Maureen6126) June 12, 2018
Ya knooooow…. Kids, are kids. They beg, “Please nana, please please let us ride in the crates!! We'll be ok!!”
And then bam. She's arrested. It COULD have been an innocent event caused by the children begging and pleading. No one knows yet.
Let's not pass judgment quite yet.
— Suzanne Carr (@SuzanneCarr60) June 12, 2018
Those excuses were quickly shot down.
— Maria Savage (@MariaSav) June 12, 2018
I’m sorry, do what? It doesn’t matter if they “agreed” to it. They’re children. They need to be in seats. In seat belts. And depending on how small they are, car seats. ♀️ What if they would have gotten in an accident?! I sure the hell hope you don’t have children
— Samantha Lahman (@LahmanSamantha) June 12, 2018
No, I will pass judgement. I don't care if she thought she was giving them their heart's desire, she was quite literally endangering their lives. Suppose she had been in a collision? This is one of the few situations where there is no grey area. This was wrong. She was wrong.
— Mommy, a real person (@MommyIsAPerson) June 12, 2018
No excuse for treating children this way.
H/T: ABC News