Smith County — The death of 2-year-old Jake Kimbley has rocked the East Texas community, leaving many searching for answers as to how it happened.
The child was found dead Wednesday morning in a septic tank near his home. Authorities say Kimbley disappeared while playing hide and seek with two other children, who were unharmed.
Kimbley was described as non-verbal and mentally challenged. His body has been sent for autopsy in Dallas.
Child Protective Services has taken five other children from the home and will place them in foster care.
An attorney representing the Kimbley family has released the following statement to the media:
From the Kimbley Family:
We appreciate those members of the media who are taking a deliberative approach to this developing tragedy. There is no greater loss to a parent or to a community than the death of one of its children and the Kimbley family is grateful for the prayers and support that so many have offered.
While it is unfortunate to have to do so during this trying time, circumstances have developed that necessitate a response from the Kimbley family. Specifically, any reports as to inappropriate behavior on their part during the search for their son is entirely false. The tears they have cried, and continue to cry, are as real as they are plentiful. During the investigation the family cooperated with law enforcement and wanted nothing more than to see the safe return of their son.
At this time, the Kimbley family remains committed to working to see a just outcome for their son and the reuniting of their family under happier circumstances.
Austin Reeve Jackson
Attorney at Law