Tennessee children caught on camera traveling in pet kennels, woman arrested

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

Police in Memphis have arrested a woman after a viral video shows her traveling with two children in pet kennels.

According to a Memphis police affidavit, Cheeks told the two kids, ages seven and eight, to ride in the kennels because there was not enough room inside the vehicle.

She told police there had been no room in the vehicle earlier and so she told the children to "get in the dog kennels", according to the Commercial Appeal, though she said she checked on the children "periodically".

Temperatures in Memphis, Tennessee, reached up to 33 degrees on Saturday.

Cheeks admitted that she drove while the children were in the kennels from Whitehaven to Collierville, which is a 35 minute drive, according to WREG.

Another resident, Skylark Blake told the local press that Mrs Cheeks is a "nice lady" and he "can't see her doing that". "For them to be in the hot auto like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake told WREG.

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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 two kids are Cheeks' grandchildren, ABC News reported.

Camillia Cowan, who said she was Cheeks' neighbor, according to WHBQ, was deeply troubled when she saw the video online. She is scheduled to appear Monday in court. The kids reportedly told officials that it was hot in the back of the auto, according to Fox 13.

Neighbors said Cheeks just bought two German Shepherd puppies that she would put in the kennels in the back of her truck.

Police say that the children are okay.

"I don't think she knew because she loves her grandkids", Cowan said. The Memphis Police Department even posted about the case on its Facebook page Sunday to confirm her arrest.

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