The news station wrote that the two children told police they were hot in the kennels as there were no vents in the back of the vehicle, and temperatures soared to over 30 degrees celsius (86F).
The children told authorities that Cheeks claimed there wasn't enough room for them to sit safely in a seat. "I couldn't see her actually doing that", said Skylarr Blake, who lives doors down from Cheeks.
The Commercial Appeal obtained video appearing to show Cheeks letting a girl out of one of the kennels and closing the metal grate behind her.
Further investigation is now underway. Temperatures in the area reached around 35°C.
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According to the police in Memphis, a city located along the US Mississippi River, the video was shared online showing the two children getting out of pet kennels in the 3700 block of Elvis Presley Blvd Saturday evening. "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad", neighbor Nikita Blake said. Cheeks was charged with child endangerment. The concerned citizen who shot the video says that he recorded the video for evidence in case police didn't show up in time. She's such a nice lady, " neighbor Skylark Blake said.
"I mean it could be an honest mistake. It's a huge mistake, get some help yeah but put her in jail, it's hard to say", he added.
The children were 7 and 8-years-old, according to Cleveland 19 News. Their grandmother is scheduled to be in court Monday morning at 9 a.m.