The children told police their grandmother had them sit in dog cages because there was no room in the back seat of her Ford Explore - adding there were no vents in the back of the vehicle to keep them cool. The kids reportedly told officials that it was hot in the back of the vehicle, according to Fox 13.
Mrs Cheeks neighbours' expressed their horror at the incident, with residents calling the grandmother a woman of strong faith.
Strangely enough, there is little information available on the relations between Cheeks and the children, aged 7 and 8-years-old.
"I really can't see her doing that", she added.
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Cowan recently bought two German Shepard puppies, neighbors told WREG. Johnson said the children were not in the custody of the Department of Children's Services, but the staff is still "investigating the situation". "For them to be in the hot vehicle like that in cages is sad".
Authorities responded to a call about a woman transporting children in dog kennels and, while investigating at a house in Whitehaven, Cheeks drove up to the home, according to an affidavit of complaint.
"I mean it could be an honest mistake. If she did that, then that's out of character for her", one neighbor said.
They said Cheeks didn't have air conditioning on and kept the windows closed.
Cheeks was due to appear in court on Monday morning.