"Many have inquired about a viral video from Saturday that shows two children being transported in pet kennels", the department said. They said they had charged Cheeks with two counts of Child Endangerment.
She told them to sit in the kennels, usually occupied by her two puppies, for the 25 mile journey because there was no room in the back of the vehicle.
A police report said that the children said they were told to get into the kennels because there wasn't enough room for them to sit in the main part of the vehicle.
A Memphis grandmother is out on bond, accused of putting her two grandkids in dog kennels and driving them across Memphis. According to an affidavit, Cheeks drove the kids from Whitehaven to Collierville, then to Downtown Memphis in 95 degree heat.
Neighbors said they were shocked by the incident and said Cheeks recently bought two puppies, which is why the kennels were in her vehicle.
"I think she needs some help".
According to Local Memphis, Nikita Blake, another of Cheeks' neighbours, added: "It's very sad".
The bystander, who asked to remain anonymous, sent the video to Memphis Police.
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 vehicle, Cleveland 19 News reports.
The little girl can be seen getting out of the cage.
Cheeks was being held on Sunday in the Shelby County Jail.
Children's Services and Memphis Police are investigating.
Cheeks is expected to appear in court Monday at 9 a.m.