Cell phone video recorded by a concerned neighbor from Tennessee shows a grandmother releasing her two kids from dog crates in the back of her car.
A 62-year-old woman, Leimome Cheeks, has been charged with two counts of child endangerment after the act she committed went viral.
In such hot temperatures, which reached almost 35º C at the time, the granny drove her two grandchildren, aged eight and seven, locked up in pet cages and placed at the back of her truck from Whitehaven to Collierville.
Leimome told the two kids to stay in the kennels, which belong to her puppies, by the way. Afterward, Leimome took the two kids for a 25-mile-long journey.
The video footage shows Leimome's grandchildren climbing out of kennels located in the back of a Ford Explorer, which is seen to be parked in front of the Graceland mansion, Whitehaven.
After the video went viral, both children were questioned by the police officers.
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The kids admitted that it was too hot in the car during the drive, especially while being kept in a confined space. They explained that the granny asked them to get in the kennels because there wasn't enough room in the car for them to sit safely.
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They said their granny didn't have air conditioning on, even though the windows were closed.
Leimome's neighbors raised concerns over the incident. However, some of them told the local news agency that Leimome is a very nice lady and her doing that is very strange.
Other residents revealed that Leimome was a woman of strong faith, who adored her two puppies. They called her a 'super good neighbor' and a real 'caring person.'
Who's right or wrong is yet to be discovered. Hopefully, further investigations will set things straight.