The man who filmed the incident told WREG he's happy he was in the right place at the right time.
Cheeks was taken into police custody after a concerned witness shot video of her on Saturday as she opened the trunk of her Ford Explorer and released the children from the kennels. Moments later, a girl straightens her bent knees to emerge from the pet enclosure.
Cheeks was charged with child endangerment. "My prayers will and shall remain with the children that are involved and the ones that we don't know that are going through things like this".
Cheeks told police that she traveled with the children in the kennel from Collierville to Whitehaven because there was no room for them in the auto.
Neighbors were shocked at news of the incident and said that Cheeks had just bought two German Shepherd puppies, which is why the kennels were in her auto.
There were no air conditioning vents in the back of the vehicle and the children told police they became hot. I couldn't see her actually doing that.
Speaking to local media, one neighbour said: "Shocking, it really is".
The children, ages 8 and 9, told police the kennels were very hot Saturday. I only met her like once maybe twice.
Children's Services and Memphis Police are investigating. She seems like a nice lady.
'Leimome Cheeks was interviewed and admitted to riding from Whitehaven to Collierville with the children in the kennel, ' read a police affidavit cited by Cleveland 19 News.
"I mean it could be an honest mistake".
In the meantime, Cheeks will appear in court Monday morning.