Woman put children in pet kennels while driving: Cops

Watch: US woman arrested after children filmed in car in pet kennels

Authorities say a Memphis woman was arrested after video showed her transporting two children in pet kennels.

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.

Cheeks told police that she placed the children in the kennels, but she made sure to check on them periodically.

In the video, a child is seen climbing out of the trunk of the vehicle from the kennel, according to Cleveland 19 News.

Further investigation is now underway.

They also said sitting in the kennels was very hot, because there were no vents for air. A bystander happened to capture the moment on video when the woman was letting a girl out of one of the pet kennels.

In roasting temperatures around 35C, Cheeks drove from Whitehaven to Collierville, in Memphis, Tennessee, with the kids locked up in the back of her truck.

The video was filmed by a concerned citizen who passed by. The kids reportedly told officials that it was hot in the back of the auto, according to Fox 13.

Sixty-two-year-old Leimome Cheeks was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment, WREG reported. I only met her like once maybe twice.

"I mean it could be an honest mistake. Wow", neighbor Skylark Blake said.

Police say the children are okay.

Cheeks was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning.

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