Leimome Cheeks, 62, was taken into custody after a passerby filmed the moment her two grandchildren crawled from the cramped cages in the trunk of her vehicle, local station WREG reported.

Many have inquired about a viral video from Saturday that shows two children being transported in pet kennels in the.

The two children involved are now being questioned by the police, who told them that Mrs Cheeks claimed there was not enough space in the truck for them to sit safely.

The temperature reached a high of 95 degrees Saturday in Memphis. "I couldn't see her actually doing that", said neighbor Skylarr Blake. "She's such a nice lady", a neighbor told WREG-TV.

She is charged with child endangerment that carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison if convicted.

The children had also complained about the heat whilst they were kept in the confined space of the auto trunk, according to WREG.

According to Local Memphis, Nikita Blake, another of Cheeks' neighbours, added: "It's very sad". According to WREG News, the witness became alarmed and called the police who responded to the scene.

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The kennels apparently belonged to Cheeks' two puppies, neighbors reported.

An investigation has been launched by Children Services and Memphis Police.

Cheeks admitted to police that she drove from Whitehaven to Collierville-a 35-minute trip-with a 7 and 8 year in two dog kennels in the trunk.

"I mean it could be an honest mistake". There was also no operable air conditioning.

Cheeks was being held Sunday afternoon in the Shelby County Jail.

A Tennessee woman accused of driving her two young grandchildren around in pet kennels is scheduled to appear in court.