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Official: Inspection cover lid to septic tank easily removable

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Septic Tank Lid Drawing by Mitch Shamburger. Septic Tank Lid Drawing by Mitch Shamburger.
Septic tank lid similar to Kimbley family's. Septic tank lid similar to Kimbley family's.
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

The full autopsy for the East Texas boy who was found dead in the septic tank behind his family's home is expected to be back by Wednesday.

Two-year-old Jake Kimbley was reported missing last Tuesday afternoon. His body was found 12 hours later in his family's septic tank.

While Jake Kimbley's body was sent off for autopsy Wednesday, the complete results are still pending. Now pathologists will need to do more microscopic testing and studies to better determine how or why Jake died.

Monday, for the first time in almost a week, authorities are no longer guarding the property. Jake's grandmother says Jake's death was just a horrible accident.

"The honest truth... it's just a child's game gone bad. Point blank. They were all playing hide-and-go-seek and it just went wrong," says Laura Herber.

Smith County Precinct 4 Judge Mitch Shamburger drew a picture of the septic tank lid in an effort to better explain what exactly Jake was under. Judge Shamburger was on the scene and pronounced Jake dead around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Judge Shamburger says the green part in the picture (see right) is the dome-like cover. That cover is about 36 inches in diameter. The black hole is the "clean out" or "inspection hole." That opening is about 10 to 12 inches in diameter. The black hole is how the sanitation companies clean out the tank.

Judge Shamburger says it's still unclear if the lid to the inspection hole was on or off, but he did say it is easily removable.

Another photo of a septic tank lid online (see right) shows a lid similar to the one on the tank Jake was inside. Except, the Kimbley family's septic tank wasn't cracked and it only had one inspection hole, not two. 

How exactly Jake got into the septic tank still has yet to be determined. While investigators continue to determine if what happened to Jake Kimbley was an accident, his five siblings remain in foster care in the custody of child protective services.


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