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Tuesday, January 01, 2019 03:01 PM

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Memphis Woman Arrested After Transporting Two Children In Pet Kennels

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Memphis grandmother was arrested after she admitted to transporting two children, ages 8 and 9, in pet kennels, police said.

Leimome Cheeks, 62, was arrested and charged Saturday with two counts of child endangerment, according to the Memphis Police Department.

CBS affiliate WREG reported that she admitted to driving from Whitehaven to Collierville with her two grandchildren who sat in dog kennels in the back of her truck.

WREG said the children told police that the cages were very hot that day and that their grandmother told them to sit in the kennels because the truck had no room. The temperature that day was reportedly 95 degrees.

According to neighbors, the woman had the kennels because she recently bought two puppies, and they claimed they were shocked.

"I'm still shocked. I really can't see her doing that. She's such a nice lady," a neighbor told WREG.