Cheeks is scheduled to appear in court Monday, June 11.
In a statement posted to Facebook, Memphis Police Department said: "Many have inquired about a viral video from Saturday that shows two children being transported in pet kennels in the 3700 block of Elvis Presley Blvd".
She was also seen talking on the phone outside of the hearing in video captured by WMC Action News.
The children, ages 7 and 8, told police that they were placed in the cages because there wasn't enough room inside the vehicle, according to a charging affidavit obtained by ABC affiliate WATN.
She admitted driving them for about 35 minutes. She has been arrested for child endangerment. Police said the back of the vehicle did not have any air vents, according to the Commercial Appeal.
They said Cheeks didn't have air conditioning on and kept the windows closed.
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Temperatures were in the mid-90's Saturday in the city.
Cheeks said she "also drove downtown, however she checked on the children periodically and later removed them from the kennel and put them in the rear seats of her vehicle", according to the affidavit. "If she did that, then that's out of character for her", Eugene Richmond said.
An investigation has been launched by Children Services and Memphis Police.
Neighbour Skylark Blake told local news source WREG that Cheeks is a "nice lady" adding that he "can't see her doing that".
A woman whom family and friends described as a strong woman of faith and loving grandmother has been arrested in Memphis, Tennessee, after an incident of child endangerment.