Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Woman charged after allegedly putting children in pet kennels

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Faye Gross | 11 June, 2018, 16:39

In a weird story, a woman was arrested for driving kids around, not in booster seats or in the back seats, but in two pet kennels placed in the back of her auto.

The 62-year-old has been charged with two counts of Child Endangerment, Memphis Police said in a Facebook post.

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.

A Tennessee woman was arrested over the weekend for transporting two children around in dog kennels inside her vehicle. There was no air conditioning in the back of the auto, while temperatures in the area reached about 95 degrees.

She has been charged with two counts of child endangerment after the children, aged seven and eight, were released.

Skylarr Blake, Cheeks' neighbor, told WATN that Cheeks was a "nice lady" and that he couldn't "see her doing that".

"I think she needs some help".

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The video was filmed by a concerned citizen who passed by.

"There were no air conditioning vents in the back of the vehicle and the children became hot".

'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 her vehicle'. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", Eugene Richmond said.

The little girl can be seen getting out of the cage.

According to Local Memphis, Nikita Blake, another of Cheeks' neighbours, added: "It's very sad".

The 62-year-old was being held Sunday at Shelby County Jail.

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

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