According the the affidavit, Cheeks said "there was no room inside the vehicle earlier in the day", so she "told them to get inside the kennel". Temperatures were near 95 degrees, and the children told police that there were no vents in the back of the vehicle to keep them cool.
Police said Cheeks admitted to driving the kids 35 minutes from Whitehaven to Collierville as they sat in the kennels. Temperatures in the area reached about 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to an affidavit, cell phone video from Saturday night shows Leimome Cheeks letting a child out of the kennel near the 3700 block Elvis Presley just before 8 p.m. "For them to be in the hot auto like that in cages is sad", one neighbor, Nikita Blake told WREG 3.
They also said they were hot during the drive while enclosed in the dog kennels, complaining their grandmother did not switch on air conditioning and kept the windows of the vehicle shut.
In the clip, one of the children can be seen walking out from the cage once the Mrs Cheeks released her the back of the truck. Cheeks has been identified as the childrens' grandmother, according to Commercial Appeal. Cheeks was arrested on Saturday and posted bond on Sunday, WREG reported. "For them to be in the hot auto like that in cages is sad".
During Cheeks arraignment Monday, the case was continued. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", Eugene Richmond said.
"I don't think she knew because she loves her grandkids", Cowan said.